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Jail for man who threatened woman at her workplace

A man who threatened to kill a woman and turned up at her workplace armed with a hammer has been jailed.

Mark Kirk, aged 40, sent a series of threatening messages to the woman saying he would stab her and destroy her life.

When police were called to her workplace at around 12.15pm on 3 October 2022 they found Kirk had the hammer stuffed in the waistband of his trousers.

During an earlier incident, on 24 September 2022, Kirk had assaulted a family member of the woman by spitting at her and jabbing a key into her cheek.

Kirk, of Chewton Street, Eastwood, was jailed for a total of 22 months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday 15 December 2022.

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Detective Constable Rachel Staley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’d like to commend this woman for her bravery throughout the ordeal Kirk subjected her to and I hope it brings her some comfort that he is now behind bars.

“Keeping women safe and supporting victims of this kind of unacceptable behaviour are priorities for the force.

“We treat reports of this nature incredibly seriously, listen to victims and will always do our very best to investigate and seek justice for them.”

Kirk was convicted of two counts of stalking involving fear of violence, one count of assault by beating and a further count of controlling behaviour.

Nottinghamshire Police urges victims of harassment, their friends and family to seek help and report it to the police at the earliest opportunity. Officers and partner organisations will listen to and support victims you in any way they can.

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