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Meatball sandwich man jailed again for harassing staff at Cheltenham shop

A man who was jailed for posting a meatball sandwich through a Cheltenham hair salon letterbox has been sent to prison again - for breaching a restraining order by sending another note to the staff.

Raymond Grant, 57, of Victoria Road in Cheltenham was jailed in December for putting the sandwich through the letterbox of Ruby Key Hair studio in Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham.

His offence was in breach of a restraining order imposed in April 2019 because of his two year harassment of the two women who work in the salon.

But within days of his release on parole from prison earlier this year, he was spotted by a CCTV operative entering Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, between Albion Street and Fairview Road on foot on January 30, 2019, Cheltenham Magistrates heard yesterday.

And on February 6th this year Grant visited the hair salon again, and posted a note through the letterbox addressed to Michaela Lewis and Kerry Bonanos which stated: "Dear Chums, please we beg of the peace now. Bye now Chums, Raymondus,'.

Prosecutor Nicola Ritchie said: "The note was written on a betting slip. Grant was seen posting the note through the letter box, but he did not make any attempt to enter the salon and he left, heading towards the town centre.

"The police were called and Grant was arrested."

The court was told that Grant had already breached the restraining order on two earlier occasions, the first being on June 14, 2019 - the day he was released from prison - when he entered the hair salon and put a bag inside the front door and then left.

The second was on October 31, 2019 when he posted the meatball sandwich through the letterbox with a note saying it was for the Pepper, the salon's dog.

Ms Ritchie said: "Grant was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for the first offence and four months for the second occasion.

"He was released on parole from the second prison sentence in January when he committed the two latest offences."

In mitigation the court was told that Grant didn't try to contact either of the women in person on either occasion and said that he is sorry for any inconvenience and harm caused by his actions.

Probation officer Ashleigh Joy reminded the court that Grant was still on his parole licence until March 15.

Mrs Joy told the magistrates: "Grant is being recalled to prison as the latest offences are very similar to those of before.

"But because he is being recalled it doesn't necessarily mean that he has to receive a custodial sentence."

Penny Hall, chairman of the magistrates told Grant: "We have listened to all the evidence. You have deliberately and consistently breached this order on four occasions.

"We feel that we are able to deal with you today and therefore we are sentencing you to a prison sentence of one year for both the recent breaches of the restraining order."

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