Ex-rugby league star's assault victim 'still fearing him'

A violent former rugby player has had the terms of a restraining order against him widened after a court heard he kept turning up at his assault victim ex’s workplace.

Karl Long, who played in both codes for Widnes, Sale Sharks, St Helens, London Broncos and Fylde before opening a tanning salon and nail bar in Wigan, had denied the assault and battery of Melanie Latimer in Up Holland on April 1 last year.

Karl Long in action for Preston Grashoppers

Karl Long in action for Preston Grashoppers

But in December Wigan justices convicted the 37-year-old, of Albion Drive, New Springs, after a trial.

He was electronically tagged and not allowed to leave home between 7pm and 7am until May 21 this year.

As well as paying compensation to his victim plus court costs totalling £650, he also had to participate in a Building Better Relationships programme and had a restraining order preventing his contacting Ms Latimer unless via a solicitor, social services or through the family courts until June 4, 2020.

But at a Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court hearing this week, the bench heard a request that the terms of the order be broadened to include Ms Latimer’s place of work - the Scissor Sisters salon in Orrell.

It was requested “on the grounds that the defendant regularly drives past and parks up at her place of work, leaving her anxious, worried and concerned for her safety.”

Justices agreed to the vary the order so that Long is not allowed to go within 30m of Scissor Sisters, Orrell, between the hours of 8am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday, inclusive.

The length of the order remains the same.