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The Cheshire mum slapped her son in the face after moving in with a friend who “took him from her”.

Jealous mother: Pauline Randles, 57, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, molestation and assault after assaulting her police officer's son

Jealous mother: Pauline Randles, 57, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, molestation and assault after assaulting her police officer’s son

An abusive mother who claims to have “empty nest syndrome” who attacked and repeatedly molested her only child, a police officer, has been banned from contacting him for 18 months.

Pauline Randles, 57, began her escalating campaign of harassment after becoming jealous of her son, PC Simon Randles, who left the family home in his 30s and moved in with his new girlfriend.

Randles, from Neston in Cheshire, slapped PC Randles in the face and kicked him in the leg after he accused his partner Lauren Stocker of “taking him from her”.

During the violent altercation, she said to her son, “If I see Lauren, I’ll kill her.” And as Miss Stocker was about to drive off, she blocked the car’s path.

Over a period of six weeks, she sent offensive messages to her son, a newly hired British Transport Police officer, saying: “I wish you had had an abortion – I wish you had been fired from your job.”

She “emotionally abused” her son, threatening to overdose on him if he didn’t attend to her needs “immediately” and sent pictures of a kitchen knife saying she was going to slit her wrists with it .

In a statement, PC Randles said he had to be hospitalized due to stress caused by being stalked by his mother.

He now suffers from anxiety and depression and asked for a restraining order, saying the “situation lasted far too long”.

In Warrington Magistrates’ Court, Ms Randles pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, harassment and assault.

She was fined £120, ordered to complete a 12-month community directive and banned from contacting PC Randles for 18 months – which her lawyer said would be “like a bullet to her heart because that period including Christmas”.

Randles began her escalating campaign of harassment after becoming jealous of her son, PC Simon Randles (left), who left the family home in his 30s and moved in with new girlfriend Lauren Stocker (right).

Randles began her escalating campaign of harassment after becoming jealous of her son, PC Simon Randles (left), who left the family home in his 30s and moved in with new girlfriend Lauren Stocker (right).

Randles was fined £120 to complete a 12-month community order and banned from contacting PC Randles for 18 months

Pauline Randles leaves Warrington Magistrates' Court

Randles was fined £120 to complete a 12-month community order and banned from contacting PC Randles for 18 months

PC Randles previously had a good relationship with his mother and lived with her while he worked as a delivery driver and as a special constable for BTP. But their problems began after he met Miss Stocker in May last year and they moved in together after he completed his formal police training.

“The defendant began threatening him that if he didn’t attend to her needs immediately, she would overdose,” said prosecutor Miss Ashleigh Simpson.

“She took some pills and was taken to the hospital for a check-up, but was discharged the same day.

“The complainant says that the defendant did not like that he was in a relationship. She repeatedly stated that his girlfriend took him away from her and that her behavior was constantly escalating.

“When he was out with his girlfriend, the defendant would pretend that she was going to kill herself. Once she showed pictures of a kitchen knife on a step with the inscription: “I’ll kill myself with this.” ‘

Her son then contacted the police and an ambulance was sent to examine her.

“The son was constantly receiving text messages from his mother, including, ‘I wish you were dead,’ ‘I wish you had had an abortion,’ and ‘I wish you were fired from your job.’

“There were also threats of suicide knowing the impact it would have on the complainant. He suffers from anxiety and depression. He said he was recently hospitalized, which he attributes to stress from constant communication with the accused.

“He told her several times not to contact him and blocked her number.”

On April 25, PC Randles was with his girlfriend when he received an SOS call saying his mother was at home with her brother Ronald.

Miss Simpson added: “When he got to the address in a car, he saw his mother at the curb and she came up to him and said, ‘Why are you here? Why is Lauren here? If I see Lauren, I’ll kill her.”

“The girlfriend tried to drive away and could see that the defendant was angry. The defendant then stood in front of the car, only for her son to take her hand to move her out of the way.

“She tried to resist him by kicking him in the leg and slapping him in the face. He was not injured but had to pin her to the ground. The defendant kept trying to kick him.”

PC Randles has applied for a restraining order, saying his mother

Defense attorney Howard Jones said:

PC Randles has applied for a restraining order saying his mother “shouldn’t contact him under any circumstances”. Defense attorney Howard Jones said: “A restraining order will be like a bullet to her heart because that time will include Christmas.”

PC Randles then left his mother at the property, but she attempted to open the kitchen window and then the back door with a wire that had come loose from her bra.

Miss Simpson said: “In his personal statement from the victim, Simon Randles said the situation has been going on for so long that it is affecting his mental health and affecting his normal daily life and job.

“He said that if he doesn’t reply to his mother’s messages, she will ask some other people to contact him with similar messages. Mrs. Randles did what she could to maximize her son’s anxiety and distress. The defendant used suicide threats to harass and emotionally abuse him.

“She used the image of the knife for no other reason than to incriminate the complainant as much as possible. Mr Randles has requested an injunction with a time limit – simply that she should not contact him under any circumstances.

In mitigation, defense attorney Howard Jones said it was a “very very said case” and she had never had to go to court.

“Ms Randles has been struggling with her son’s new relationship lately. He was a great support to his mother, but he eventually left home and she had trouble coming to terms with it.

“She was obviously feeling very isolated and would say the new girlfriend prevented him from going around and helping with everything. She became increasingly isolated and depressed and drank.

“The trigger for the crimes committed in court seems to me to be something that could have been avoided. She had to download an app on her phone to track her electric and gas bills and she didn’t know how to do it.

“She wanted her son to install the app but he refused and as a result it was agreed that her brother would take care of this particular matter. “She was waiting outside her brother’s house, but he wouldn’t let her in.

“Then Simon Randles showed up with his girlfriend and the defendant said, ‘Right, I’ll talk to the new girlfriend.’

“The girlfriend tried to drive away, but my client stood in front of it and tried to stop it. Simon Randles has his mother held by the police and she struggled a bit trying to get him off her.

“In my opinion it was a very minor attack. She didn’t want her son to stand trial, so she pleaded guilty. She is very frustrated with the whole situation.

“This is an isolated elderly lady at home with no criminal records in a frustrating position. She then sent some text messages which she later regretted.

“It is perhaps unfortunate that police did not initially speak to Ms Randles and warn her about the text messages before she was convicted of this offence.”

He added: “A restraining order will be like a bullet to her heart because that time will be Christmas.”

Mr Jones also said his client received a card from her son on her recent 57th birthday, adding: “He also sent a letter apologizing and basically saying these events should never have happened. She wants to be in a mother-son relationship with her son again.

JP Michael Danaher condemned Randles, telling her, “This is a particularly serious set of circumstances.”

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Emma Colton

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