Man’s lewd letters to Poundland staff

A MAN has been imposed a restraining order after he sent lewd letters to two workers at the Halifax Poundland store.

Patrick Badland, 52, of Akroyd Court, Boothtown, Halifax, admitted harassment and sending indecent letters to a 19-year-old employee and a 46-year-old manager between April 4 and July 13.

The court had previously heard Badland had befriended the 19-year-old male when he worked at a cafe.

The teenager then started to receive letters at work. James Weekes, prosecuting, said: “These letters initially seemed to be friendly, asking for friendship.

“But as further letters were received, they became darker and darker in tone and more offensive.”

The court heard Badland also sent the store manager a picture of a naked man and wrote an offensive message about the 19-year-old underneath. Mr Weekes said the letters culminated in Badland asking his victim for sexual services.

Badland told police he had fallen out with the teenager but refused to say why.

Mr Weekes said: “He said it was an accident. He didn’t mean to do it but couldn’t help it.

“He wanted to have a go at [the victim]. He said he was teasing and joking.”

Philip Cockroft, mitigating, said a restraining order was “clearly appropriate” for his client.

He added: “Other than that I have nothing to add.”

Magistrates gave Badland a community order, with 250 hours’ unpaid work.

They also gave him a restraining order not to contact the teenager.

He was also ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and £250 compensation to the youth who, the court heard, was left embarrassed by the incident.