Dad wrecked children’s day nursery

Gary Mounsey from Ashton

Gary Mounsey from Ashton

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A well-known football memorabilia collector wrecked items in a children’s day nursery run by his ex partner, a court has heard.

Dad Gary Mounsey, who also runs a gold shop in Ashton, Preston, has been ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work over his actions.

The 49-year-old was also ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation to his estranged wife Vanessa Mounsey, who runs two Tinkerbells Day Nurseries in the city. He was given a restraining order for two years banning him from contacting his victim.

Judge Recorder Shaw, sitting at Preston’s Sessions House court, also ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £180 prosecution costs after admitting trespassing with intent to do unlawful damage and assaulting a PC.

Mounsey, who gave his address as Mount Meadow Close, Ulverston, Cumbria, carried out his crime spree on October 12 this year at the Preston premises.

Prosecuting, Stephen Parker said it culminated in the father-of-three trespassing in the nursery.

During the incident several windows were damaged along with sinks and plant pots.

Later the same day he resisted and assaulted a police officer when he tried to arrest him.

Mounsey is a well known Preston North End enthusiast and antiques collector.

He hit the headlines when he bought a one-off ticket for a Preston North End FA Cup final replay which never took place for £800.

A bidding war broke out for the PNE v West Bromwich Albion ticket.

Mounsey also has Sir Tom Finney caps and the oldest PNE programme from 1888.

The nursery declined to comment.