NHS midwife, 53, given restraining order to stop her contacting her police officer ex


An NHS midwife has been given a restraining order to stop her contacting her police officer ex after she left him needing ‘psychological support’. 

Cecilia Hopkins, 53, fired off 20 angry messages to Custody Detention officer Jeremy King after the breakup, calling him a ‘thick’ and ‘stupid clown’. 

Mr King claimed he needed mental support and took six months off work as a result of the abuse.  

In her messages, filed over a ten-month period, Hopkins, from Latchford, Cheshire, told her ex: ‘I hope that you are feeling bad, stressed and useless.

‘I have not finished yet, you have no future, you are thick and stupid and a stupid clown.

‘Watch your back Jeremy King.

Cecilia Hopkins, pictured left outside Warrington magistrates court, fired off 20 angry messages to Custody Detention officer Jeremy King after the breakup, calling him a 'thick' and 'stupid clown'

Cecilia Hopkins, pictured left outside Warrington magistrates court, fired off 20 angry messages to Custody Detention officer Jeremy King after the breakup, calling him a ‘thick’ and ‘stupid clown’ 

Officer Jeremy King claimed he needed mental support and took six months off work as a result of the abuse

Officer Jeremy King claimed he needed mental support and took six months off work as a result of the abuse

‘There is no hope for you at all, you are f*****,’ and ‘I will come to your parents, I’ve something to deliver.’

She was later charged with harassment after former PCSO Mr King, who currently deals with violent offenders on a daily basis with Merseyside Police, said he felt ‘vulnerable and intimidated because of the threats’. 

In a statement he said: ‘Each day is a worry. Treatment and support from my employer is currently ongoing. My biggest concern is any contact with the offender. In my mind the offender still has the potential to carry out the threats.’

At Warrington magistrates, Hopkins denied harassment of Mr King between June 12 and October 23 of last year by sending abusive, threatening and insulting emails, but changed her plea to guilty on the day of her trial.

She faced dismissal from her job after sentencing guidelines suggested she should complete a community order – but is expected to be spared the sack after she was instead fined £934 with £800 in prosecution costs and told to pay a further £374 in victim surcharge. 

She was further forbidden from contacting or approaching Mr King or going near addresses in Formby and Kirkby, Merseyside for 12 months.

Laura Simpson, prosecuting, said Hopkins and Mr King had been in relationship for five and half years but it ended in December 2021 for undisclosed reasons.

Miss Simpson said: ‘The defendant then sent a number of emails, 20 emails in total, to the victim which are considered as harassment. There were 20 emails in total with the same strain of content and Mr King stated that this whole incident has had a massive impact, a significant psychological impact.

Hopkins and Mr King pictured in happier times with the late comedian Bobby Ball

Hopkins and Mr King pictured in happier times with the late comedian Bobby Ball

In a statement Mr King said: 'Each day is a worry. Treatment and support from my employer is currently ongoing'

In a statement Mr King said: ‘Each day is a worry. Treatment and support from my employer is currently ongoing’ 

‘For the past six months he has been receiving psychological support through his work. The victim works as a police detention officer. He said he is feeling vulnerable and intimidated because of the threats that have been made. The biggest impact has been on his relationships with friends, family and at work. He has taken six months off work due to the threats and after returning was not working full time in his role.

‘The victim has been caused distress. Under sentencing guidelines the starting point for this offence is a low-level community order.’

In mitigation Hopkins’ lawyer Peter Green said: ‘I ask that you give her some credit for her guilty plea on the day of trial. It is fair to say that Miss Hopkins has wrestled with this from fairly early on in the proceedings, from the first court appearance because this conviction could well have a massive impact on her and potentially end her career.

‘She is a specialist midwife. She has spoken to the professional body which has indicated to her that if she receives by way of a sentence more than a financial penalty, she will almost certainly lose her job. She has been a midwife and a specialist midwife for many years.

‘She was one of the NHS staff, obviously, who three years ago or so we were all clapping for on our doorsteps at eight o’clock at night. Up until now she has been a lady of good character. She had a relationship with Mr King but that relationship ended.

‘It is fair to say that Miss Hopkins made an allegation to police of a more serious nature against Mr King which the police and Crown Prosecution Service took no further action on. It was against that backdrop that this incident occurred.’ 

They added: ‘We also have a scenario where the defendant was looking after her elderly mother who was particularly infirm at the time. She took her mother at the end of September last year to Canada, to see her brother for the last time. Miss Hopkins was with her mother because no other family member wanted to do it because it was too much responsibility.’

‘She seems to be quite a good lady who just made a mistake. One of the problems with sending emails and text messages, such as those in this particular case, is that members of the public do not necessarily understand that they may be committing a criminal offence by doing that.

In her messages, filed over a ten-month period, Hopkins, from Latchford, Cheshire, told her ex: 'I hope that you are feeling bad, stressed and useless'

In her messages, filed over a ten-month period, Hopkins, from Latchford, Cheshire, told her ex: ‘I hope that you are feeling bad, stressed and useless’ 

Hopkins and Mr King had been in relationship for five and half years but it ended in December 2021 for undisclosed reasons

Hopkins and Mr King had been in relationship for five and half years but it ended in December 2021 for undisclosed reasons

‘I think for someone in Miss Hopkins’ situation, one of the biggest points of mitigation is that, since October of last year when first interviewed by police or when police came to arrest her, Miss Hopkins has had this matter hanging over her. For seven or eight months, she has been worrying about what the outcome will be.

‘You will know that there are certain defendants you see in the dock who are not particularly bothered about what happens to them. They are not bothered if they go down the steps to custody, some view it as going to see their mates in HMP Altcourse. 

‘She has viewed it very seriously, and is taking it very seriously. She sees the conviction as a stain on her character. That to me is punishment enough.’

‘People need to be punished, that’s the purpose of the court, but we do not want to destroy people. Everybody in this court today has made a mistake in their life though we do not necessarily all finish up in a criminal court. She has made a mistake but she can have a future.

‘She can get back on track. The emails were not particularly threatening. They were the sort of communication you would expect from a party when the relationship comes to an end. 

‘The victim in this case is an employee of Merseyside Police and as a detention officer you would expect detention officers to deal on a daily basis with violent individuals not someone who sent 20 emails sent on the breakdown of a relationship. I will say no more than that.’

Sentencing Hopkins, JP Paul Chadwick told her: ‘In our sentencing guidelines the starting point is a low-level community order but Mr Green suggested an alternative of a fine. We are not going down the route of a community order as we have listened to Mr Green.

‘We have considered a number of factors. Your references and the victim personal statement for psychological distress suffered. Equally it was not one email, it was 20 emails and threats contained within them. But you are a lady of previous good character and you pleaded guilty on the day of trial. Mr Green has offered significant mitigation on your behalf in court today.’



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