A Macclesfield councillor has been found guilty of harassing his next-door neighbours.
Brendan Murphy, Cheshire East councillor for Tytherington, was convicted of pursuing a campaign of harassment against Margaret and Christopher Boyd after relations between them soured.
District Judge Nicholas Sander said Murphy's contact with the Boyds between November 2010 and July 2011, who never responded to him, went beyond the realm of normal neighbourly relations.
He was however cleared of a second offence of resisting arrest on the day police came to detain him.
Judge Sanders said he had to give Murphy the benefit of the doubt in relation to that matter.
Murphy, 70, of Hilton Road, Disley, was fined £300 for harassment and ordered to pay £1,500 court costs at Chester Magistrates court today.
A restraining order was also passed down prohibiting Murphy from speaking to or making gestures at the Boyds.
For the full story see this Wednesday's Macclesfield Express.