A FAN who told Radio One DJ Tim Westwood he was a ‘dead man’ has been ordered to stay away from him.
Unemployed Mark Bulcock, 43, had bombarded Westwood with more than 100 texts, including a message warning him he was ‘going to be in a wheelchair’.
Bulcock, of Lord Avenue, Stacksteads, denied sending a grossly offensive, obscene or menacing message but was convicted after a trial at Reedley Magistrates Court.
Appearing for sentence at Burnley, after psychiatric reports had been prepared, Bulcock was given a lifetime restraining order, forbidding him from contacting the superstar DJ.
He was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order as part of his sentence, by Burnley magistrates.
The Reedley hearing was told that the messages never in fact reached Westwood, now aged 53.
But they were intercepted by his producers, who called in the Metropolitan Police, and increased security around the hip hop legend.
Westwood was the victim of a drive-by shooting 12 years ago in the Kennington area of south London.
Bulcock has confessed to being a ‘massive’ fan of the presenter when he was detained by police and quizzed over the texts.
Radio One operations manager Tony Wood told the Reedley hearing that when the message arrived about Westwood being a ‘dead man’ it was accompanied by the phrase ‘not code’.
Mr Wood said: “We would take that as an immediate threat.”
Bulcock said earlier: “I don't wish Tim Westwood any harm whatsoever. I admire the man.”