A HEREFORDSHIRE man who broke his restraining order and used violence to enter a property will be sentenced next month.

Shane Pickersgill entered guilty pleas to one count of harassment by breach of a restraining order, one of using violence to secure entry to premises, one of driving without insurance, one of drink-driving, one of driving without a licence, and one of causing religiously or racially aggravated harassment, alarm, or distress when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford in April.

A further charge of assaulting an emergency worker by beating, which Pickersgill had previously denied, was dismissed at the hearing as no evidence was offered.


The court heard from prosecutor Sarah Hurd that Pickersgill had directly contacted a woman in Ross-on-Wye on January 26, having been banned from contacting her by a restraining order imposed by magistrates in September 2021.

He had used violence to enter a property in Ross on the same date, knowing there was someone present who opposed his entry, and used racially aggravated threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour towards a man, intending to cause him harassment, alarm, or distress.

The 30-year-old had also been caught driving a Ford Focus in Brampton Street, Ross, without a licence or insurance and while over the drink-driving limit on January 20, with an evidential breath test revealing he had 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentencing report to be carried out by the probation service and Pickersgill, of Brampton Road, Ross, was released on conditional bail.

He will appear before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing on June 6.