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Civil engineer charged with harassing Agency manager

CIVIL ENGINEER Mike Ryan is due to appear before magistrates today, charged with harassing an Environment Agency manager.

Ex-Agency flood engineer Ryan was arrested last month by West Mercia Police after complaints from the Environment Agency about a series of faxes sent to a manager at its Leeds laboratory (NCE 22 February).

Ryan has conducted a long running campaign against Environment Agency managers he accuses of bullying staff, following his dismissal in November 1997 after more than a year off work due to stress.

Ryan refused to accept an official caution last week, protesting that he had done nothing wrong.

Police then charged him under section two of the Harrassment Act for 'repeatedly sent fax messages of an alarming nature, ' between 7 November 2000 and 8 January this year.

Ryan's charge sheet claims that he 'pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of John Fardon and which you knew or ought to have known amounted to the harassment of him'.

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