max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Former jockey jailed for breaching court order

10:29 14 November 2012

Harold Ballantine

Harold Ballantine

A FORMER Suffolk jockey has been jailed for 12 months after admitting his fifth breach of a court order banning him from contacting his girlfriend.

Alcoholic Harold Ballantine, 59, formerly of Ipswich and Colchester, was made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting Debbie Green in November last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Since then he repeatedly breached the order by contacting Miss Green and had been brought back before the court on a number of occasions, Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said.

In May he was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was warned by a judge to cut down his drinking and to stop breaching the court order.

However, Ballantine breached the order again on October 16 by going to see Miss Green at her stepfather’s address in Woodbridge Road, Rushmere St Andrew.

Miss Green had been asleep and was woken by Ballantine, who was abusive to her. He had refused to leave the premises and Miss Green had called the police, said Mr Crimp.

Ballantine admitted breaching the restraining order and breaching the suspended sentence and was jailed for a total of 12 months.

Sentencing him, Judge John Devaux said Miss Green appeared to “blow hot and cold” and called the police when Ballantine contacted her and then asked the court not to send him to prison.

Neil Saunders, for Ballantine, said Miss Green was in the process of trying to get the restraining order lifted. He said the repeated breaches of the order represented a huge cost to the public.

Miss Green told the court that Ballantine didn’t cause her any problems when he was sober.

She said that when he was working he was fine but he had felt hopeless since he began suffering from angina two years ago.

“If he goes to prison he will come out and will drink again. He needs help to deal with his alcohol issues,” she said.


Guildhall Street in Thetford, where the boy was injured

Police are tonight stepping up patrols after a child was injured with what is believed to have been an air weapon.

People turned out in Framlingham for its Christmas lights switch-on last year

Changes have been announced to this year’s traditional Christmas celebrations in Framlingham – but organisers say the town will still celebrate in style.

The Magic of Motown

Perhaps it was fitting that The Four Tops and The Temptations were performing at the O2 in London on the same night as the Magic of Motown at the Ipswich Regent on. It certainly seemed to notch up the nostalgia factor.

The A140 has been partially closed (stock image)

A busy road in north Suffolk has been partially closed following a car crash.

A writer of breathtaking true stories, with a gift for unearthing seldom-told tales of wartime courage, could soon be seeing another of his books played out on the big screen – little more than a year after Hollywood first came calling.

Kerron Turner

Police are appealing for help tracing a 25-year-old man with links to Suffolk after he failed to appear at court.

Oakley House

Millions of pounds are spent on flats and houses each month – and Suffolk has it’s fair share of expensive properties.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24