Ian Miskelly jailed for threats to kill

A teenager who threatened to kill a family and police officers has been jailed for more than two years.

Ian Miskelly left threatening notes outside the home of his victims and posted hundreds of messages of abuse on social networking sites.

Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court, the 18-year-old of Workington, admitted 10 charges including harassment and threats to kill.

He was jailed for 32 months for the abuse which lasted eight months.

'Nasty and sustained'

The hearing was told the abuse had "ripped the family apart" and the parents were getting a divorce.

He also threatened police officers by contacting Crimestoppers, the hearing heard.

Det Con Carolyn Orr, from Cumbria Police, said: "Miskelly pursued a course of conduct against the victims which was nasty and sustained.

"The victims were all terrified and spent their days not knowing when the next threat would come.

"The sentence given by Judge Batty will hopefully give the victims a sense of justice and they will be able to rebuild their lives after the devastating effect he had on them."

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