Harrogate man banned from the town after row over drug taking

A HARROGATE man has been banned from his home town after being accused of putting a former neighbour in fear of his life by brandishing a broken beer bottle in a row over a call to the borough council about drug taking in one of the authority's houses.

Nathan Alexis Wilsher, 23, formerly of Roche Avenue, Bilton, appeared before Harrogate magistrates on Monday accused of making a threat to kill Steven James Nolan outside a Co-operative Society store in King Edward’s Drive on August 30.

Wilsher did not enter any plea and presiding magistrate Canon Keith Punshon ruled that the case was so serious it should be heard at York Crown Court.

Wilsher was bailed until October 27 so committal papers can be prepared and was told that in the meantime he had to live at his present address of Summerfields, Upper Dunsforth, near York, avoid all contact with Mr Nolan and stay out of Harrogate completely except to attend court.

After hearing that Wilsher was facing eviction from his Roche Avenue address – the house is said to be next door to the home of Mr Nolan – Canon Punshon agreed to a submission by defence solicitor Sarah Waddington that he should be allowed to go to the house at noon tomorrow to remove his possessions.

The court suggested that to avoid any possibility of trouble the police should be told of the date and time so they could make arrangements to attend.