A PENSIONER bombarded a care home with abusive calls during a campaign of harassment.

Gordon Reeve called Engleburn Care Home more than 30 times in half an hour, a court heard.

Often withholding his number the 68-year-old “subjected staff to rude and abusive language” between January 31 and February 10 this year.

He caused “massive disturbance” and even entered residents’ rooms without permission.

Daily Echo:

The manager of Engleburn in Milford Road, Barton on Sea was left feeling “stressed and withdrawn”.

Employees were also said to be upset by his persistent harassment.

Reeve’s elderly mother had been staying at the home but was eventually moved before the Covid pandemic.

However, he went on to harass Reverend David John shouting at him in the street on multiple occasions and accusing him of ruining his life between June 19 and June 23.

He even took out an ad in a local newspaper labelling the pastor at Ashley Baptist Church as a Judas.

Daily Echo:

Speaking to the Daily Echo at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Reeve of Badgers Copse, New Milton told how he had been unhappy with the care given to his mother by Engleburn.

Adding to this, he said felt he had been betrayed by Ashley Church - where he had previously been a member - and Rev John due to a lack of support.

Reeve appeared before Southampton Magistrates’ Court on charged with harassment without violence, breaching a restraining order and breaching a suspended sentence to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Daily Echo:

Defending, Dr Tagbo Ilozue, argued Reeve had made no further complaints towards Engleburn since his mother moved furthermore he suffers from mental health issues.

District Judge Richard Blake scolded him as mean, miserable and unpleasant.

He slapped him with a four-month community order which includes a curfew from 1pm to 1am every day.

Reeve was ordered to pay £785 in costs and compensation.