A SAGA on a controversial offer to build holiday pods in the countryside is now expected to be completed, after a well-known businessman admitted the fallout accusations of the failed planning request.
George Reynolds has been charged with two counts of violating a restraining order, barring social media contact or references with Councilor Heather Smith.
The Durham County Council member for the Evenwood Ward opposed his offer to build on a site off the A68 near Toft Hill, and the former president of Darlington FC then went on to say went to her house and sent her two letters, in each case asking why she was against it. to the planned development.
He was ordered two years after his harassment conviction, in Teesside Magistrates’ Court in September 2019.
Durham Crown Court learned that after council rejected the planning application a few weeks later, Reynolds made two derogatory references to lawyer Smith on a Facebook post, accusing her of ‘having conspired against him, in violation of the restraining order.
He also sent letters to former council general manager Terry Collins and planning officer Adam Williamson, calling them corrupt and accusing them of being part of the “conspiracy.”
Reynolds has been charged with two counts of harassment for these letters, as well as intimidation against Mr Williamson.
He had previously denied all of these accusations.
But after his appeal was dismissed on the harassment conviction against Earl Smith on Monday, Reynolds changed his pleas yesterday and admitted the two counts of violating the restraining order and the two new charges of bullying.
Another charge of blackmail had already been dropped by the Crown, while the charge of intimidation was “left on file”.
Richard Bloomfield, for Reynolds, said he spent 12 days in custody, then 83, last year due to the number of blackmail, which he said “should never have been brought” .
Judge Ray Singh told the now 84-year-old defendant of Neville’s Cross, Durham, that despite his “utterly contemptible behavior” he had taken into account his age and mobility issues and had obtained a conditional discharge of 12 months.
But he made it the subject of new restraining orders, involving Earl Smith, Mr. Collins and Mr. Williamson, all to run, “until further notice.”
It ordered the defendant to pay court costs totaling £ 670.
Reynolds thanked the judge for his “patience” and said he “won’t be leaving the house” for next year.