Daughter of ex Darlington FC owner stalked her father's female friend

Daughter of ex Darlington FC owner stalked her father’s female friend and threatened to give her a ‘good hiding’ after accusing her of having ‘ulterior motives’

  • George Reynolds’ daughter Alexandra threatened his friend Maxine Brewis
  • Alexandra told Brewis she would give her ‘a good hiding’ when she saw her
  • Told Brewis to cut contact with Mr Reynolds over fears she had ‘ulterior motives’
  • Alexandra was found guilty of stalking between November 2019 and June 2020

The daughter of a disgraced former-football club owner has been found guilty of stalking her father’s female friend. 

Alexandra Reynolds threatened Maxine Brewis with a ‘good hiding’ if she went to her father’s home again.

Alexandra is the daughter of ex-Darlington FC owner George Reynolds, who sent the club spiralling into administration before himself being convicted for tax evasion. He died last month aged 84.

She warned her father’s friend Ms Brewis to cut all contact with him over fears she had ‘ulterior motives’. 

Alexandra, who did not attend the hearing, was on Tuesday found guilty of one count of stalking which occurred between November 2019 and June 2020. 

Alexandra Reynolds threatened Maxine Brewis with a ‘good hiding’ if she went to her father’s home again. Alexandra is the daughter of ex-Darlington FC owner George Reynolds (pictured), who sent the club spiralling into administration before himself being convicted for tax evasion

From safecracker to multi-millionaire business mogul: Who was Ex-Darlington FC owner George Reynolds? 

George Reynolds was born in 1936 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

He got involved with crime from a young age and got his first conviction for stealing cigarettes – which he traded for food for his family.

In the 1960s, he was convicted for smuggling watches and was jailed for six months.

He was handed another sentence in 1964 for safe-cracking, handling explosives, burglary and theft – this time for four years.

He was again convicted in 1970 and 1976, for burglary and theft respectively.

During his 1976 stint in jail, a priest conviced him to reform and he opened several businesses.

These included a kitchen workshops empire Direct Worktops. DIY chain B&Q was one of its clients. 

Thanks to the company – which gave Mr Reynolds a £260million fortune – the mogul was able to purchase countless extravagant items, including a fleet of cars, a house next door to the Spice Girls in London and a helicopter.

He at one point ranked at 112 on The Sunday Times Richlist. 

He later sold the business to retail giant Walmart for £41million.

Mr Reynolds added Darlington FC to his expansive portfolio in 1999. 

He built a £20million, 25,000-seat stadium for the team – which he called The Reynolds Arena. 

But even so, the club went into administration three times during Mr Reynolds’ tenure. 

He was then arrested on suspicion of money laundering in June 2004 after he was stopped by police who discovered £500,000 in cash in the boot of his car.

He was found guilty of tax evasion and was sentenced to three years in prison the following year. 

Following his release, Mr Reynolds opened an e-cigarette shop and ran a vending machine company. 

He died in April this year aged 84.

 

Her father Mr Reynolds was a safecracker-turned business mogul who ran a multi-million-pound kitchen workshops empire which he sold to retail giant Walmart for £41million.

He then added Darlington FC to his expansive portfolio, which also included a yacht, a jet and several properties around the world. 

He at one point ranked at 112 on The Sunday Times Richlist.

But he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering in June 2004 after he was stopped by police who discovered £500,000 in cash in the boot of his car.

He was found guilty of tax evasion and was sentenced to three years in prison the following year. 

Following his release, he opened an e-cigarette shop and ran a vending machine company. He died in April this year aged 84.

The court heard how Mr Reynolds rekindled a friendship with Maxine who started working in his e-cigarette shop.

She regularly dropped him off at his home in Monument Court in County Durham, where Alexandra also lived.

In November 2019, Maxine had dropped Mr Reynolds off at home when his daughter parked her car in front of the victim’s, blocking her in.

Maxine feared she ‘would be attacked’ if she got out of the car, the court heard.

Describing another incident in the car park, Maxine said Reynolds told her: ‘What are you doing here? I’ll punch your head in. This is my car park and I’m telling you never come back.’

‘She was totally intimidating.’

In January 2020, the victim received a text which said: ‘No outsiders coming in. If I see you, which I will, I will give you a good hiding in the car park.

‘Get back to Pennywell, stay out of the roads, grab yourself a steak bake. I don’t like riff-raff.’

In another text, Reynolds accused the victim of having ‘ulterior motives’ for helping her dad.

The victim sobbed in court as she said: ‘I was just trying to help.’

Reynolds blocked the victim in again on June 16 and later followed her as she drove home to Sunderland.

Maxine described how Reynolds ‘made cars stop’ so she could get behind her. 

She told the court: ‘I rang the police, I was so scared. She was following me home to find out where I live. I was shaking.’

The victim added: ‘I’m scared to leave the house, I’m paranoid in case she gets someone else. 

‘I’m scared to be with my grandchildren in case she found me. She made my life a misery.’

A prior statement from George Reynolds – who died last month – said his daughter was ‘verbally abusive’ towards Maxine, threatening to grab her by the hair.

Mr Reynolds (pictured with the FA Cup at Feetham in 1999) was a safecracker-turned business mogul who ran a multi-million-pound kitchen workshops empire which he sold to retail giant Walmart for £41million. He then added Darlington FC to his expansive portfolio, which also included a yacht, a jet and several properties around the world

He also said Maxine had never taken any money from him or taken advantage of him and said his daughter acted ‘maliciously’ rather than out of concern.

In a police statement, Miss Reynolds admitted sending the texts and admitted being in the car park at the same time as the victim but denied following her, saying everything she did had her father’s interest at heart.

Finding Miss Reynolds guilty of stalking, chair of the bench David Carr said the witness was ‘credible’ and was backed up by a statement from George Reynolds.

The court issued a warrant for the defendant’s arrest to allow her to be sentenced.

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