Partner feared for her safety

AN abusive man has admitted injuring his partner and setting fire to her property.

Adam Cummins, 25, pleaded guilty to harassment of Stacey Laughton by making her fear for her safety when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

He had been due to stand trial on charges of making a threat to kill, arson and grievous bodily harm. But he pleaded guilty to the alternative harassment charge.

The charge covers incidents when Cummins pushed Miss Laughton injuring her, made threats and set fire to items taken from her home between June 25 and July 21 last year.

The court heard Cummins, of Rossall Street, Hartlepool, has no previous convictions for violence. The judge ordered a background report and Cummins, who was granted bail, will be sentenced next month.