A Calne dad is accused of breaching a non-molestation order by raising his middle finger to his former partner – outside a Swindon court.

Appearing before Swindon Magistrates’ Court via video link from Gablecross police station, Alec Wells, 34, of Woodroffe Square, Calne, vehemently denied two counts of breaching the family court order. He claimed his ex and her friends had made up the allegations: “This is a way of keeping me from seeing my boy.”

Prosecutor Ben Worthington said it was alleged Wells had sworn at the woman in Calne on September 22. Two days later, after a hearing at Swindon family courts, he was accused of making the same action at his ex and her supporters. He was arrested on Thursday.

Jeremy Griffiths, defending, said his client denied all wrongdoing and described the allegations as a “manufactured accusation”. Wells himself told magistrates: “I just want to see my son. I haven’t done anything.”

Chairman of the bench Maryanne Burton bailed Wells with a condition not to contact his former partner directly or indirectly.

The trial date is expected to be fixed at a case management hearing on November 7.