Abusive to council staff

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A New Mills man was verbally abusive to staff at Derbyshire County Council, and even said he hoped one staff member would “die of cancer”, a court heard.

Anthony Colin Reeves made repeated calls to the authority between September 30, 2013, and April 30, 2014, as part of a claim to the council’s Discretionary Fund for money to buy a new cooker, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

He repeatedly used abusive and inappropriate language including saying to one female member of staff ‘I hope you die of cancer’, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Reeves, 47, of New Street, admitted sending by means of an electronic communication a message that was grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said: “This case would benefit from reports. In the early part of this year he had significant issues in terms of mental health.”

She added: “There is a letter from the ombudsman saying the council didn’t cover themselves in glory either.”

The case was adjourned until November 10 so a pre-sentence report could be prepared.