AN ABBEY Meads man who slapped his pregnant girlfriend has been told to sort out his toxic relationship.

Christopher John Ramsdale, 28, of Waggoner Close, admitted assaulting the woman last month. He appeared before Swindon Magistrates Court yesterday morning.

David Morrell, chairman of the bench, told Ramsdale to improve the relationship with his partner: “With a baby coming next March, the earlier you get sorted the better. You need to work well with your partner for your baby; to convert it from a toxic relationship to a loving one.”

Ramsdale was ordered to undertake 20 rehabilitation activity days with the probation service, where he will focus on positive relationship. He must also complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay costs and victim surcharge payments of £170. Magistrates said of the sentence: “This reflects your early guilty plea and your remorse.”