A MAN delivered 89 notes through the letterbox of a man he claimed owed him money.

Blackburn magistrates heard Raymond Dronby also harassed a second man who he claimed owed him cash.

Dronby, 66, of Hargreaves Street, Colne, pleaded guilty to harassing Andrew Backhouse at his Great Harwood home between April and July and harassing Michael Cocker between September 9 and 11. He was jailed for 14 weeks and ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge.

He was also made subject to a restraining order which prohibits him from having contact with either victim and entering Great Harwood.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said the defendant had been in a relationship with Mr Backhouse’s mother-in-law and there had been concerns about his behaviour towards her.

Dronby started phoning Mr Backhouse and making threats. He also started turning up at his home and putting note through the letterbox demanding £215.

Over a five-week period 89 notes were left.

Mr Cocker had known the defendant for a number of years.

“The harassing contact began because he seemed to think Mr Cocker owed him money as well,” said Mr Robinson.

“At one stage he was phoning him every 10 minutes.”

Aftab Bakhat, defending, said his client felt Mr Backhouse was using the breakdown of the relationship with his mother-in-law as an excuse not to pay the £215.

“He started to ask for repayment and accepts the frequency of the requests increased,” said Mr Bakhat.

“He has started proceedings for the recovery of the money which is what he should have done in the first place.”