South Shields firefighter told to ‘move on’ after landing himself in court for stalking ex-partner

STALKING CAMPAIGN ... Lee Simpson was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
STALKING CAMPAIGN ... Lee Simpson was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

A SOUTH Tyneside firefighter has been told to “move on” after landing himself in court for a stalking campaign against his former partner.

Lee Simpson, a crew member at South Shields Fire Station, followed the woman as she drove to work, turned up at her daughter’s school and posted a letter telling her he “still wanted to be with her”’ during a two-month period of harassment.

He had previously been warned about his behaviour towards her by police.

The 40-year-old, of Frobisher Street, Hebburn, was convicted of harassment – in that he conducted non-violent stalking of the injured party, from February 1 to April 13, of last year – after denying the charge at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court at an earlier hearing.

He was back at the court yesterday to be sentenced.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “The injured party says things started in February of last year when she saw him waving at her in his van as she drove to work. She changed her route as a result.

“He also turned up at her daughter’s school, and waved at her, and she said she saw him slowly driving past her house, looking into the living room.”

In a victim statement read out in court, the injured party said: “I want to get on with my life. I continually feel nervous and on edge.”

Ian Cruickshank, defending, said: “The period of offences was from February and April of last year, he was put on conditional bail, and there have been no breaches of that.”

Lorraine Montgomery, chairwoman of the magistrates, said: “She would’ve suffered greatly because of this. You need to move on.”

Simpson was given a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work as well as pay court costs of £650.

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