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Saturday 22 July 2017

Bez fined after breaching order

Bez has been fined after admitting he breached a restraining order.
Bez has been fined after admitting he breached a restraining order.

Former Happy Mondays star Bez has been fined £140 after he admitted breaching a restraining order preventing him contacting his ex-girlfriend.

Bez - real name Mark Berry - pleaded guilty to sending 22 text messages to Monica Ward who he was convicted of assaulting in August.

A two-year restraining order was imposed by magistrates earlier this year when he was jailed for four weeks for the offence.

He was not allowed to contact Miss Ward directly or indirectly and had to use his elder sons as go-betweens to arrange contact with their two-year-old son.

Manchester Magistrates' Court heard Bez broke the terms of the agreement when he texted her about the arrangements when he could not get through to his sons.

Bez, 46, who found fame with his freaky dancing in the Happy Mondays in the late 1980s, spent a day in the cells on Wednesday at HMP Wandsworth after he was caught trespassing on a railway at Euston Station in London.

Greater Manchester Police had earlier issued a wanted appeal for Bez after he failed to attend a bail appointment in relation to the restraining order.

The court was told he travelled to the capital for a DJ appearance in London and had forgotten about his bail date.

He was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge fee.

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