A MUM blamed 'sunstroke' after she harassed her ex-partner when she turned up at his house, kicking the door and screaming.

Katie Smith admitted harassment of her ex-partner, Darren Smith at his Upton home, when she appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 43-year-old of Beech Tree Way, Lower Broadheath, near Worcester, breached a restraining order on May 14. The order has been in force since November 12, 2015 and is due to expire on November 11 this year.

Roger Bleazard, prosecuting, said Smith was married to Darren Smith but that the restraining order had been put in place which prohibited contact save via Facebook and messages.

Mr Bleazard said at 6.45pm Darren Smith made a 999 call to police, saying Smith had arrived at his home, 'kicking the door and screaming and shouting'.

He said in police interview she accepted wrongdoing. Mr Bleazard said: "She had gone to the address knowing she was not entitled to be there, going to the home address and causing a disturbance so as neighbours were aware of it. She was in drink, banging on the door. It's a relatively protracted incident."

He said it was her first breach since the order was imposed and she had not breached it since.

Smith, who represented herself, said it was the first breach since the restraining order was imposed. She added: "I wasn't drunk. I had sunstroke. I didn't speak to Darren, I spoke to his girlfriend. She went off and Darren came out shouting. Everything has settled down again now."

Magistrates took into account that it was a single breach of the restraining order and fined her £120. They also ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £185.

The restraining order will remain in force until November 11.