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Man accuses police of harassment after posting ‘bad’ snap

A man who admitted to stalking his ex after calling her more than 1,000 times in 21 days has accused police of harassment over the mugshot they pulled on him.

Liam Bannister, 21, received a suspended sentence for domestic violence after trying to control his ex’s life.

South Yorkshire Police went public with the sentencing using a picture of Bannister – but he took to social media to complain it made him feel terrible, YorkshireLive reports.

Bannister wrote: “Anyone who knows me knows I’m not what the south yorkshire police claim to be bad old anorl picture proper had by pants down was on the run for a week with no sleep”

In a comment on the police station, he also said: “This is harassment at its best, you feel the need to paint a bad picture of me online, when all the facts have not been stated on Your message”

Bannister received a suspended nine-month prison sentence at Sheffield Crown Court on February 11 after pleading guilty to harassment and perverting the course of justice.

PLC Abigail Taylor said: “Bannister is responsible for a sustained campaign of harassment against his victim, and I want to thank her for her courage in reporting it to the police.

“Domestic violence is a crime that can affect anyone and comes in many forms and is not necessarily just physical abuse.

“Bannister showed complete disregard for his victim throughout, allowing him to attend court before finally admitting his offenses.

“I hope she finds reassurance that Bannister has been punished for her actions and that she can now take steps to move on and recover from the abuse she suffered.

“Domestic violence will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. If someone is controlling what you eat, what you wear, where you go, or who you talk to – that’s coercive control and it’s a crime.

“If you are suffering at home, or if you are concerned that a loved one is being abused, know that we are here to listen and support you.

“Our agents and a range of support agencies are here to help, you are not alone.”