A man has reportedly been jailed for 19 weeks after making several complaints over Ant McPartlin returning to TV following a drink driving incident.
Ant was involved in a three-car drink driving cash near his home in South West London in March 2018. He was given a 20-month driving ban and was charged a fine of £86,000.
Following the incident, the presenter, 44, then took a year-long break off from TV, with Ant missing all live episodes of Britain’s Got Talent and the final shows of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
He also pulled out of I’m A Celebrity in November 2018 and was replaced with Holly Willoughby.
Reports claim that Ant still made a huge £3million during his TV absence and he has since returned to his presenting duties, with the star now gearing up for a new series of I’m A Celeb based in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But, while many have been happy to see Ant back on their screens, one man has taken issue with Ant’s return and filed several complaints over a three day period to Welsh police.
David Kates-Lowick, 57, has been jailed for 19-weeks after admitting to breaching an order by contacting Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales with complaints about Ant – when it was not considered a genuine police matter.
The Independent reports the case prosecutor stated four calls were made to police over the three day period, where the accused vented his frustration over Ant still being allowed to drive and present on TV when others lose their jobs due to similar convictions.
It’s believed the defence argued that the accused had called a non-emergency line and not 999 and suggested the accused suffers from ‘significant mental health issues’ and the complaints made were a ‘plea for help’.
The accused had allegedly been on a 10-week sentence before the complaint case began.
Ant’s drink-driving incident was widely reported on at the time, with his best pal and presenting partner Declan Donnelly later revealing that he considered splitting from Ant as his actions had been ‘indefensible’.
Dec, who has worked with Ant for over 30 years, said he would be lying if he hadn’t thought about turning his back on their partnership.
The pair were forced to reassess their relationship after the incident, with Dec saying ‘ultimately’ he just wanted his best friend to be ‘happy and healthy’ in a candid chat with The Guardian’s Weekend magazine.
Ant revealed to the publication: ‘For the first time in many years, all we talked about were deep things like how we felt, and what the future held, and where we were, and all the chaos that has come along, especially for me.’
Ant returned to I’m A Celebrity to co-host alongside Dec in 2019 and the pair have since aired their 16th series of Saturday Night Takeaway.
It hit screen earlier this year and was forced to go virtual for its remaining few episodes as the coroanvirus pandemic hit.
When contacted by Metro.co.uk, a rep for Ant declined to comment.
Metro.co.uk has also reached out to a spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police.
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