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Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has restraining order imposed on threatening villager

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis

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A man accused of using threatening behaviour towards Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis has been given a restraining order preventing him from contacting him.

Peter Hugh Taylor, who lives in Pilton, Somerset, was alleged to have acted in a threatening manner towards the victim following an “incident” before Christmas where they had a disagreement.

He was then alleged to have made two malicious phone calls to the 78-year-old in December last year.

However when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates due to stand trial for the offences the court was told that an agreement had now been reached between the prosecution and defence.

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Instead of pressing the charges it was agreed that the defendant would be made the subject of a two year restraining order to keep away from Mr Eavis.

Taylor, aged 71, of Pylle Road, was charged that on or about December 2 last year at Pilton he used towards Michael Eavis threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause him to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him.

He was also charged with two counts of sending a telephone message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character to the victim on December 2 and December 17.

He had pleaded not guilty to all three charges at a previous court hearing at Yeovil and the case had been adjourned for a trial to take place.

No details of what the disagreement was about were released in court, but prosecutor Dafydd Paxton said that there was an “incident” which occurred between the two parties in December.

He said: “This resulted in an argument between them and it is accepted by the defence that unpleasant words were directed at Mr Eavis.

“It is not felt in the public interest for the whole matter to be aired by a trial and a restraining order is a resolution that has been agreed by both parties.”

Defending solicitor Chris Ivory said that if Taylor was to now cause harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Eavis it would be an aggravating feature.

The magistrates imposed a two year restraining order on Taylor and during this time ordered that he must not contact Michael Eavis or his youngest daughter and co-organiser of the Glastonbury festival, Emily Eavis, directly or indirectly except via a solicitor or estate agent. He was also ordered not to attend Worthy Lane in Pilton.

After the granting of the restraining order the prosecutor said that no evidence was being offered on the charges and as a result all three were dismissed.

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