A FORMER volunteer at a British Heart Foundation Shop in Wrexham has pleaded guilty to harassing a member of staff.

James Fowler, 21, of Mold Road, Wrexham, admitted that between January 15 and January 18 he caused a member of staff to fear that violence would be used against her .

Mold Crown Court heard he had made a threat in a letter and and also in a phone call.

The prosecution did not proceed with a second charge of sending an electronic communication to cause distress and anxiety, which Fowler denied.

The court heard that following publicity about an earlier conviction the British Heart Foundation decided it was not appropriate for him to continue to work voluntarily at its shop in Egerton Street, Wrexham.

That had caused a lot of anxiety and frustration on Fowler's part and the offences occurred.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC adjourned the case until May to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared after Fowler had attended a mental health service appointment.

He was bailed on condition he does not contact prosecution witnesses, does not attend Wrexham town centre apart from doing his community work hours, lives at Mold Road in Cefn-y-Bedd and observes a 7pm to 7am curfew.

An earlier hearing was told that staff at the British Heart Foundation were so concerned that the charity had employed a security guard at the shop.