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These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, January 17 – Friday, January 21, 2022

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** Drunk in police rooftop stand-off **

A young man’s decision to come drinking in Blackpool ended in a hour long rooftop stand off with police.

Tyler Tunnah threw bricks and rubble at officers using shields for protection.

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

He hit one officer with rubble and damaged a parked car before he was persuaded to come down from the roof on Park Road.

Tunnah, 20, of Monks Lane, Bolton, admitted affray, criminal damage and assaulting Inspector Peter Hammon.

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, sent him for sentence at Preston Crown Court and remanded him in custody until he appears there on March 18.

The court heard Tunnah was on licence from prison.

The judge was told how he had been drinking in Blackpool with a frien .

They had fallen out and scuffled .

Police were called and gave chase to Tunnah which ended with the stand off.

** Son jailed for breach **

A man who persistently broke a restraining order designed to protect his mother has been jailed for six months.

Over a month, he constantly phoned and called at her home in Wesham.

Michael Buckley, 30, of Rawcliffe Drive, Preston, admitted the breaches when he appeared before District Judge Jane Goodwin at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Jailing him, she said: “You have a history of breaching court orders and paying lip service to probation.”

** Shop thief comes clean **

A man stole four vacuum cleaners from a shop

Aiden Riches also targeted the store to steal alcohol and cleaning fluid .

Riches, 24, of Lingfield Road, Fleetwood, admitted seven thefts in all totalling £466 when he appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Sentencing him District Judge Jane Goodwin said only an excellent report from the probation service had persuaded her not to activate a suspended sentence order. Instead she gave him a two year community punishment with 30 rehabilitation days and a one year ban from entering B and M Bargains .

He must pay compensation to the store .

** Visit to soup kitchen put man before bench **

A visit to a soup kitchen put homeless Reginald Brown in the dock .

He broke a criminal behaviour order which had been imposed on the 46-year -old .

Brown of no fixed address admitted the breach at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

The court heard that he had gone into an exclusion zone .

Sue Mugford defending said: “He went to where he thought there was a soup kitchen but it had not arrived .”

“He waited and was arrested for the breach .”

He was given a one year community punishment with 35 rehabilitation days and must pay £185 costs.

** Man facing justice after four-year delay **

A man on the wanted list for four years was finally arrested and brought to justice .

Begaj Blerim, 31, was awaiting being called into court from the cells beneath Blackpool Magistrates Court .

But when the defence , prosecution could find no paper work relating to the defendant, District Judge Jane Goodwin ordered his release.

However, two hours later a charge sheet was found revealing he had been due to face charges alleging that he was behind a cannabis farm found in Blackpool in 2018.

He had also been charged with illegally using £22,400 of electricity to grow cannabis .

Brett Chappell, defending said: “When there was no paperwork concerning him the judge quite rightly ordered his release from custody”

He said his client had been arrested on the 2018 warrant on his return to Luton airport from Albania .

Mr Chappell said he believed Blerim had an address in Sutton, Surrey.

Magistrates agreed to adjourn the hearing until February 2.

The Crown did not object .

** Man sentenced to jail for stalking ex **

A Blackpool man has admitted stalking his former partner.

Peter Lawrence, 39, of St Chads Road, committed the offence in breach of a suspended prison sentence .

Magistrates imposed the suspended term and added a further four weeks making it 12 weeks jail in all.

He was made the subject of a one year restraining order and must pay £128 costs .

Peter Kelly, prosecuting, said that Lawrence had turned up several times at the bar where his victim worked .

He also went to her home in the aerate hours several times and bombarded her with internet messages . Brett Chappell defending said that his client had been addressing a drink problem.

** Man on fuel theft charges**

A Blackpool man has been accused of four thefts of car fuel worth £433.

Railway worker Carl Hindle, 34, of Hull Road, also faces charges of using cloned and false number plates on the car .

Hindle is further accused of driving without a licence and without insurance.

He was bailed by Blackpool Magistrates pending his trial on May 19.

 

 

These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, January 10 – Friday, January 14, 2022

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** Man jailed for attacks on partner **

A Blackpool man has been jailed for six months following two drink and drug fuelled assaults on his partner.

Gary Wolstenholme was also made the subject of a two year restraining order forbidding him from contacting the woman.

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Blackpool Magistrates heard how forty one-year-old Wolstenholme, of Lytham Road, South Shore, had taken crack cocaine and heroin and drunk gin before one if the assaults.

He dragged the woman clad only in her socks down a corridor into his flat.

The court heard he was subject of a suspended sentence order a the time .

Hugh Pond, defending, said: “This is a toxic on off relationship between two people who abuse drink and drugs. I told my client he is better off without her .”

** Brave the shave’ charity fund-raiser stole cash from cancer research group fundcharity **

A man who staged a Brave the Shave charity event whisked away all the money.

Fifty -year-old William McInally raised around £300 when people had their heads shaved at Blackpool’s New Road Inn on Talbot Road .

The money was due to go to McMillan Cancer Research for which McInally was a registered fund raiser.

But they cash was never placed into the McMillan account despite a series of promises from McInally .

He did pay it over in the end but only after criminal proceedings had begun against him Julian Jones prosecuting told Blackpool magistrates.

The defendant who now lives in Gourlay Street, Glasgow admitted theft, and fraud by abuse of his position with McMillian .

Sentence was adjourned pending the preparation of pre sentence reports .

The prosecution told the court that the fundraiser was staged in June 2019.

Mr Jones said: “Criminal proceedings were started by the charity which provides specialist care through fundraising by the public and the defendant’s action put at risk the trust placed in that fundraising system.”

He said McMillan received complaints that their donations had not been passed on by McInally .

He said a figure if £300 was estimated to have been raised but it could have been more .

At one stage an ex girl friend put McInally’s picture on Facebook stating he had stolen the money .

Two years after the event he paid the money back but by then it was too late to stop proceedings.”

Steven Townley defending said McInally had suffered mental health problems . he accepts what he did was wrong “

** No licence driver ban **

A Fleetwood man has been banned from driving for six months .

James Houton, 42, of Hazeldene Road, admitted driving without a licence and without insurance. He was banned under the points totting up procedure by Blackpool Magistrates.

His lawyer Mitch Sarangi told the hearing:”The car was not his and he used it to go a short ride to the shops .”

Houton was stopped by police because he was not wearing a seat belt.

** Ex-Pool striker denies assaulting doormen **

A former Blackpool FC footballer has made his first appearance at court charged with two assaults.

Lee Thorpe, 45, who played as a striker in an 18-year career as a professional is charged with assaulting two club doormen at Blackpool’s Trilogy bar on July 31, 2021.

He appeared before Blackpool Magistrates alongside a co accused Calum Holmes, 35, who is accused assaulting another member of the bar staff causing actual bodily harm .

Thorpe, of Lennox Gate, Blackpool, and Holmes, of Dalewood Avenue, also Blackpool pleaded not guilty and asked for their cases to be dealt with by magistrates .

Thorpe played for nine Football League clubs in his career which ended at Fleetwood Town and AFC Fylde .

His last post in the game was as a lead coach at Blackpool’s Youth Development section.

Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, said that The Crown would show CCTV of the incident . The duo were both bailed until their trial which was fixed for May 9.

** Woman was five times over limit **

A woman was almost five times over the drink drive limit when she was arrested .

Beverley Riches had originally been a passenger in a car.

The driver had run off when he realised police had seen him jump a red light in Cleveleys town centre.

Whilst officers were involved in that incident, 52-year-old Riche,s of South Promenade, Cleveleys, moved seats and drove off.

She was later found at the wheel in a car park .

Riches admitted drink driving when she appeared before District Judge Jane Goodwin at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Steven Townley defending said his client had since sold the car and been to alcohol concern group Inspire for help.

She had impressed Inspire so much they were now funding her going through a college course so you can assist others.

Sentencing her the judge said: “You were many times over the limit and the starting point would have been 12 weeks prison

“I accept that there were issues with your relationship at the time and that you may have been self medicating with drink

“But you have taken positive steps and shown you are willing to learn a lesson.”

Riches was banned from driving for three years and given an eight week jail term suspended for a year .

She must pay £213 costs and go 15 rehabilitation days.

** Judge refuses plea for prison sentence **

A judge refused a man’s demand to be sent to prison.

District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, heard how Edward Fox, 55, had threatened staff and damaged property at Blackpool’s probation offices on Coronation Street .

He had done it in a deliberate attempt to be put behind bars rather than continue with his drug taking life on the streets .

Fix admitted breaching the peace but when the judge said she was not imprisoning him he shouted: “I am warning you I am going to hurt someone to get back inside,”

He was bound over for a year to keep the peace in the sum of £150.

** Tailgate driver was over drink drive limit **

A man was over the drink drive limit when he tail-gated other drivers on the M55.

Stuart Hammond’s erratic driving was notified to police . Hammond, 27, of Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood, was pulled up on Amounderness Way .

He was over the limit for the second time in his driving career .

Blackpool Magistrates heard that Hammond who had driven from Coventry had been drinking the night before .

He admitted the offence.

Hammond was banned from the road for three years, and ordered to do unpaid work and rehabilitation days.

** Neighbours’ row ends up in courtroom **

A neighbours’ spat ended in a woman being taken to court .

Tracy Flynn admitted assaulting her female neighbour on Edmonton Place, Blackpool. Flynn, 55, also admitted criminal damage to her neighbour’s hi viz jacket.

Flynn was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £10 compensation.

Steven Duffy, defending, at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court said Flynn has a perception that her neighbour “ruled the roost” on their estate .“ The neighbour has cameras around her home and us said to tell other people what to do and when to do it. The neighbour is one if the longest serving residents in the area.”

The court heard the women clashed over where and when she parked her mobility scooter.Flynn slapped the woman, grabbed her hair and her arm . Police had to intervene after Flynn said: “I will have you, youbitch, you rat.”

Mr Duffy said his client was being moved to Whitegate Drive which would end the disputes.

** Bus yobs case axed**

Four youths accused of failing to leave a double decker bus when ordered by the driver have had court proceedings ended.

The four aged 14 15 and 16 are all from Blackpool . They were being prosecuted at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court under the rarely used Public Service Vehicle (Conduct of driver’s conductors and passengers) Regulations . They were alleged to have caused a nuisance on the bus causing issues to the driver by ringing the bell opening the doors and forcing the bus to stop .

Sue Mugford defending two of the four said that following discussions between the prosecution service and defence it had been decided to reach an out of court disposal .

Prosecutor Peter Bardsley withdrew the charges .

 

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These are the faces and stories of 17 Blackpool and Fylde coast criminals locked up in 2021

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These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, December 13 to Friday, December 17, 2021

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Blackpool man given curfew following assault

A Blackpool man was given a two-month curfew by the town’s magistrates.

Ben Ashman, 24, of St Chads Road, admitted an assault charge.

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The court was told Ashman put his ex-girlfriend in fear when he pushed his way into the flat she shares with her grandmother.

The incident was seen by a neighbour, who called the police.

Robert Castle, defending, said: “This happened some time ago when his life was plagued by drugs.

“Since then, he was run over by a car and almost lost a leg. He … is now drug free.”

Blackpool woman remanded

Blackpool woman Ashleigh Croasdale was remanded in custody pending a trial for robbery.

The 30-year-old, of Bloomfield Road, is accused of robbing an elderly man of a phone, wallet, and bank card.

She denied the offence at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

A trial will be held at Preston Crown Court, where Croasdale will appear on January 12.

Blackpool fan banned from all football grounds

A teenage Blackpool fan was banned from all football grounds for three years after admitting lobbing an orange smoke bomb onto the pitch at Bloomfield Road.

Joshua Ayres’ stunt came during the Seasiders’ local derby game against Preston North End on October 23, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told this week.

Apprentice mechanic Ayres, of Wetherby Avenue, South Shore, admitted throwing the smoke bomb and was slapped with a football banning order.

He must also pay £189 in costs.

Defending, Steven Townley said it was the first derby game between the two rival sides in 12 years, with Ayres setting the device off when Blackpool scored.

He threw it onto the turf as smoke billowed out.

Deputy district judge Jane Hamilton told him: “I am making the banning order because what you did may encourage others to do the same.”

Ayres had already been banned from Bloomfield Road by the club, the court heard.

Man accused of causing death by dangerous driving will stand trial

A man was sent for a crown court trial after being accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of an 82-year-old cyclist.

Jack Taylor, 23, of Baines Avenue, Blackpool, denied the charge.

Eric Williams died from head injuries after colliding with a car in Amounderness Way, Fleetwood, on April 24.

Taylor will appear at Preston Crown Court on January 12 and was bailed by Deputy District Judge Jane Hamilton, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Extremely drunk man threw rocks and bottles at RNLI station

An extremely drunk man was seen throwing rocks and bottles at the RNLI lifeboat station in St Annes, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

The witnesses alerted police, with two officers arriving at 11.15pm to find Connor Antcliffe, 28, of East Bank Road in the town, asleep on the ground in an intoxicated stupor.

Antcliffe was woken up and arrested, the court was told, but was aggressive and evasive.

He was found guilty in his absence of being drunk and disorderly and was fined and told to pay costs totalling £339.

Burst tyre to blame for collision

A burst tyre was to blame for a collision on Devonshire Road ,Blackpool.

But the incident led police to discover the driver of the BMW involved was over the drink drive limit.

Normunds EKSTS (crrct)(43) of Oaklands Avenue ,Cleveleys admitted drink driving .

Blackpool Magistrates ordered him to pay£419in fines and costs.

He was also banned from driving for 20 months.

Drug driver

A police check on a driver revealed he was at the wheel under the influence of cannabis and cocaine.

Joshua O’Brien (27) of Church Street West,Radcliffe admitted drug driving on Preston New Road , Blackpool.

He was banned from the road for a year and must pay £239 in fines and costs by Blackpool Magistrates.

Woman given alcohol treatment order

A 26-year-old Blackpool woman was ordered by a court to address her drink problem.

Rebecca Harnett of Dinmore Avenue was given a nine month alcohol treatment order by the town’s magistrates .

She must also keep a six week curfew , do 29 rehabilitation days and pay £275 in costs and compensation.

Harnett admitted criminal damage to a t shirt and two necklaces worn by a man she also admitted assaulting.

The court heard the assault took place after Harnett had been drinking.

 

 

These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, December 6 to Friday, December 10, 2021

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Bispham man breaks non-molestation order

A Bispham man broke a non-molestation order, which banned him from contacting his wife, just hours before it was due to run out.

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Peter Feno, 65, arrived at the Fleetwood cafe she was at and sat down beside her, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

She managed to escape him and called the police from a toilet.

Feno, of Normandie Avenue, admitted breaching the order and was bailed until next month so pre-sentence reports can be carried out.

Defending, Gary McAnulty said Feno felt he had been set up so that his wife could apply for a restraining order when the family court-ordered non-molestation order ran out.

Woman in dock on manslaughter charge

A woman appeared in the dock after being charged with manslaughter.

Tracey Simmonds, 47, of Argosy Avenue, Grange Park, is accused of inflicting fatal knife injuries on Jeremy Fitzsimmons in the resort in October 2019.

She was bailed and is due to appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, January 5.

Trio deny forced labour charges

Three men made a first court appearance after being charged with using forced labour to grow cannabis.

The trio are alleged to be behind a drugs farm in Blackpool run by four illegal immigrants from Vietnam during 2018 and ‘19.

They are Khanh Van Vo, 30, of Randal Street, Bolton; Quang Tinh Lam, 47, of James Place, London; and Tommy Lam, 25, of High Cross Road, London.

All three are accused of conspiring to product cannabis in the resort by using men as slaves.

They were bailed by magistrates until January 5 next year.

All three men denied the charges.

Man remanded in custody on GBH charge

A man’s alleged victim remains in hospital unconscious, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

In the dock was Dennis Knowles, 36, of Rusland Avenue, Mereside, who is charged with causing Daniel Hutchinson grievous bodily harm (GBH) at a home in Watson Road, South Shore, on Saturday.

He is also accused of damaging a flower vase at Mr Hutchinson’s flat.

Mr Hutchinson is being treated at Royal Preston Hospital.

Knowles was sent for a trial at Preston Crown Crown, where he will appear on Wednesday, January 5.

He was remanded in custody until then.

‘Gangbo’ bid fails

An attempt by Lancashire Police to impose the north’s first ‘gangbo’ has failed.

The force wanted a gang injunction against four teen lads – two 16, one 17, and one 18 – from Grange Park.

They are accused of being involved in drug dealing and anti-social behaviour, including preying on the vulnerable, but cannot be named for legal reasons.

The bid has been listed five times but District Judge Jane Goodwin said the force had failed to consult with other parties, including Blackpool’s youth offending team. She dismissed the application.

Man found drunk and disorderly after argument with wife

A man made a “right royal spectacle of himself”, prosecutor Carl Gaffney told Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Darryl Dawson was wandering in a drunk haze along Amounderness Way, one of the Fylde coast’s busiest roads, with motorists having to slow down to avoid hitting him.

Dawson, of Victoria Road, Poulton, admitted being drunk and disorderly and was told to pay £319 in fines and costs.

Mr Gaffney said: “It took police 30 minutes to get him to safety. He made a right royal spectacle of himself.”

Dawson, 39, said: “I had an argument with my wife and wanted to clear my head.”

Accidental raid finds Taser-style gun

A new tenant was accidentally raided by police – who caught him with a Taser-style stun gun, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Officers turned up to Connor McKay’s house in Ellesmere Road, Mereside, with a warrant from the Environment Agency, which was investigating fly-tipping – relating to a previous tenant.

But McKay, 26, had the uncharged weapon on a shelf, the court was told.

He pleaded guilty to possessing the gun and was fined £107 by magistrates, who also ordered the weapon to be destroyed.

Defending, Gerry Coyle said: “My client had a gathering at a house and he took the device from a guest.

“He knew he should take it to police but he forgot.

“It had not been discharged and he had no charger.”

Man admits drink-driving after “swerving to avoid a cat”

Plumber Matthew Jackson, 39, of Sandicroft Road, North Shore, admitted drink-driving after crashing his car into a parked vehicle while just over the legal limit.

He told magistrates: “I swerved to avoid a cat. I didn’t want to kill someone’s pet.”

He was banned from driving for a year and must pay £239 in fines and costs.

Blackpool man fails to attend court

Blackpool Magistrates have issued for the arrest of 35-year-old Theresa Fitzpatrick of Lune Grove, Blackpool after she failed to attend court on a charged with causing criminal damage worth £250 to a motorbike.

Fleetwood man banned from the road for two years

A Fleetwood man was over the drug drive limit when he was involved in a car crash Blackpool Magistrates heard.

Andrew Hammond (32) of Fleetwood Road was also driving without insurance and without due care and attention.

Hammond also admitted driving whilst disqualified.

He was banned from the road for two years and must pay £705 fines and costs.

 

 

These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3, 2021

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Veteran punk rocker identified by his multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Veteran punk rocker Ronnie McLeod, 58, of Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood, appeared in court to admit nicking £400 of car batteries from the tip in Bispham – after his seven multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes led to him being recognised on CCTV.

Stood in the dock in a black leather jacket and tartan trousers adorned with zips, he pleaded guilty and was told to pay £200 compensation.

Defending, Patrick Nelligan said: “As well as being a veteran of the punk scene, he is no stranger to recycling.”

The court was told McLeon and another man damaged a fence to get onto the site.

Blackpool man admits having 7,000 indecent images of children

Gary Allen, 38, of Empress Drive, Blackpool, admitted having almost 7,000 indecent images of children when he appeared before magistrates.

He was bailed before an appearance at Preston Crown Court in January, when he will be sentenced.

Blackpool man accused of voyeurism, harassment and a revenge porn offence

A resort man made his first appearance at court on Monday after being charged with sex offences.

Anthony Scott, 33, of Mayfair Road, is accused of voyeurism by watching a private sex act – and a revenge porn offence, namely threatening to publish footage of his alleged female victim, who he is also accused of harassing.

Scott is also accused of sending a second woman explicit photographs, stalking her by relentlessly sending her messages, and intimidating a female witness with the intention of perverting the course of justice.

Defending, Brett Chappell said his client denied all the charges.

Scott was remanded in custody by District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, and was sent for a trial at Preston Crown Court, where he is due to appear on Monday, December 20.

Neither of Scott’s alleged victims can legally be named.

Drunk electrician flattened wall

Uninsured sparky James Elliot, 36, of Peter Street, Blackpool, flattened a town centre garden wall while drink-driving, magistrates were told.

He pleaded guilty and was banned from the roads for 18 months and told to pay £622 in fines and costs.

The court was told Elliot was found in his crashed van by police.

DNA evidence traps Blackpool car thief

Brian Horan, 43, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, admitting stealing from a car after being trapped by DNA on gloves he left.

He took keys and cash worth £50 to top-up his electricity meter, the court was told.

Horan was ordered to pay £249 in fines and costs.

Drink driver was seen wandering across the road followed by a cow after ploughing through a hedge

Drunk-driver Joshua Pearman, 28, of King George Avenue, Blackpool, lost control taking a country road corner and crashed his VW into a tree, resort magistrates were told.

Witnesses saw him wander away from the wreckage in Hall Lane, St Michael’s, followed by a cow before refusing a breath test.

He was banned and fined by magistrates.

Blackpool man admits production and possession of cannabis

A cannabis grower was caught by accident – after someone mistook his telephone conversation for a domestic row.

Flat owner Todd Turner, 35, of Blackpool Road, Poulton, was caught with the class B substance and the tools needed to grow it, including a tent and heating.

His lawyer, Gerry Coyle, told Blackpool Magistrates’ Court the police bust came as a result of good fortune.

“There was no domestic,” he said.

“Just my client talking to his mother on the phone.”

Turner pleaded guilty to producing and possessing cannabis.

He was given a one-year community punishment with 25 rehabilitation days.

He must also do 60 unpaid hours’ work and pay £180 costs, magistrates ruled.

Mr Coyle added: “He has suffered mental health issues and is now writing a book about it.

“He did not supply drugs to anyone else.

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Toddler put up for adoption after mum seen with child’s violent father

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Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

A resort toddler was put up for adoption after her mum was seen with the tot’s violent dad, court documents revealed.

The girl, who cannot be identified, was put in foster care shortly after birth, with a judge agreeing she wouldn’t be safe around her drug addict dad, who has a history of domestic abuse and mental illness.

Her mum tried to stop the move, saying she was no longer seeing her partner, but the family court was told she had been seen with the dad, with CCTV footage also capturing a long telephone call in which she condoned his drug use and made arrangements to meet him.

“Unfortunately the destructive influence of the father continues,” judge Ross Duggan said in his judgement earlier this month.

“[The girl’s] welfare does demand that she be placed for adoption. Nothing else will do.”

Man admits attacking woman

John Ormerod, 25, of Riversleigh Avenue, Lytham, had his case adjourned for pre-sentence reports during an appearance at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Monday (November 22), when he admitted attacking a woman.

Man ordered to live and sleep on a boat

A man must live and sleep on his boat, resort magistrates ordered yesterday.

Neil Howard, 61, is accused of attacking his ex-partner – a charge he denies.

His case was adjourned until Wednesday, January 12 next year, with the court hearing the terms of Howard’s bail arrangements.

Magistrates agreed that the defendant, formerly of Clark Street, Morecambe, must now live on the boat, which is in a back yard off the street and has a toilet and power.

He will be monitored by a tag, the court was told.

Man in breach of suspended sentence admits resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker

Police officers watched in horror as a suspect dived out of a first-floor window ‘Superman style’, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

But brickie Aaron Harper, 33, of Maitland Avenue, Cleveleys, only fell two feet onto a flat-roofed shed – before legging it.

He was later found in a neighbouring home and had to be Tasered by cops, who were blasted with abuse by Harper’s pals, the court was told.

The thug, who was wanted for questioning over criminal damage, then kicked out as he bundled into the back of a police van, injuring a female officer’s arm.

Harper, who was also in breach of a previous suspended prison term, admitted resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker.

He was given a further 10 weeks’ suspended jail time, and was also ordered to pay £328 in costs and compensation. He was given a community punishment with 10 rehabilitation days, and 150 hours’ unpaid work.

His lawyer, Gerry Coyle, said: “What he did sounds like Superman but he dropped just two feet, although the police were not aware of that.

“When he was shown a video of what he did to the officer’s arm he admitted what he had done.

“He did not want to be put in the police van because it was bloodstained from some previous incident.”

Harper had found work during the pandemic and had kept his job for a year, Mr Coyle added.

Man denies witness intimidation and two counts of assault

Ryan Whiteside, 30, of Dingle Avenue, Grange Park, appeared in court after being charged with witness intimidation and two counts of assault.

He denied all three alleged offences and was bailed pending a trial.

He must not go into Poulton.

Woman attacked appropriate adult helping her in police custody

A woman punched a man trying to assist her in police custody, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Bethany Pirie, 26, of London Street, Fleetwood, was under arrest when she attacked the appropriate adult helping her.

Her lawyer, Robert Castle, told the court Pirie lashed out because was under emotional stress and had not targeted the man.

Pirie was given a one-year community punishment with 40 rehabilitation days.

She must also pay her victim £175 compensation.

Appropriate adults help vulnerable people who are suspected of a crime by making sure they are treated fairly and are able to participate properly in the police investigation.

Man accused of stabbing neighbour

Aaron Hayden, 42, of Lewtas Street, North Shore, was remanded in custody by magistrates after being accused of stabbing a neighbour in the back and shoulder.

He is also charged with having a knife in public.

He will remain behind bars until an appearance at Preston Crown Court next month.

Man accused of attacking his ex

Jason Gerrand, 47, of Grange Street, Salford, was in the dock in Blackpool accused of attacking his ex at her resort home.

He was bailed until a trial in January and must avoid the town.

 

 

These are this week’s cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court – Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19, 2021

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Fleetwood man accused of making a malicious phone call, assault, and threatening behaviour

A Fleetwood man elected to stand trial at Preston Crown Court.

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

Luke Anyon, 26, of Mount Road, is accused of making a malicious phone call, assault, and threatening behaviour.

Appearing in the dock in the resort on Monday (November 15), he was bailed by magistrates until his crown court date on Wednesday, December 15.

Blackpool man accused of stealing handbags from elderly woman

Bernard Elvish Boswell, 37, of Elizabeth Street, Blackpool, appeared in court accused of stealing handbags from elderly women he targeted in supermarkets.

He is also accused of growing £10,000 of cannabis in a town centre flat, possessing cannabis, and stealing £2,500 of electricity.

He was bailed ahead of an appearance at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, December 15.

Fleetwood woman was three times over the drink-drive limited when she crashed her car

A woman was three times over the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed her car, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Melissa Row blew 144 – above the limit of 35 – during a breath test at the side of the road, Deputy District Judge Phil Barnes was told.

Former NHS worker Row, 28, of Blakiston Street, Fleetwood, later tried – but failed – to give the required breath sample at the police station.

She pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen when she appeared in the dock on Tuesday (November 16).

Sentencing her, the judge said: “It is quite clear you were intoxicated. The reading was excessively high.”

Steven Townley, defending, said Row was suffering a mental health crisis and had stopped taking her medication at the time of the crash.

Row was given a one-year community punishment with 20 rehabilitation days.

She must wear an alcohol abstinence tag for 90 days, pay £180 costs, and was banned from driving for two years.

Banned driver spotted by eagle-eyed traffic cop

An eagle-eyed traffic cop pulled over a car after spotting smoke spewing from its exhaust – and discovered its driver was banned.

Wesley Kennedy, 34, of Eamont Place, Fleetwood, admitted disqualified driving when he appeared in the dock on Tuesday (November 16).

He was given an eight-week suspended jail sentence, given an eight-week curfew, and told to complete 20 rehabilitation days.

He must also do an extended retest before being allowed to get behind the

wheel again.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told Kennedy, a scrap metal collector, had bought the car to sell on.

Builder banned after driving erratically along the M55 on a journey to pick up a mirror while drunk

A builder got drunk before deciding to drive down to the motorway to pick up a mirror he had seen advertised for sale on the internet, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

David Murray, 43, of King Street, Morecambe, drove so erratically on the M55 other motorists called police, who stopped him on Preston New Road, Marton, the court was told on Tuesday (November 16).

Murray blew over the legal drink-drive limit and was arrested.

He appeared in the dock to plead guilty to drink-driving and was banned from the roads for 19 months.

He must also pay £470 in fines and costs.

Blackpool man charged with attacking woman

Leroy King, 42, of Ashburton Road, North Shore, will stand trial at Preston Crown Court after being charged with attacking a woman on Sunday.

He was remanded in custody by resort magistrates on Tuesday (November 16) and was scheduled to next appear on Wednesday, December 15.

Man failed to keep probation appointments

Jack McCabe, 19, of the Promenade, Blackpool, was fined £145 by resort magistrates after failing to keep appointments with the probation service.

The court was told he had found work at a hotel.

Blackpool man fined

James Owen, 33, of Miller Street, South Shore, was fined by magistrates on Tuesday (November 16) after admitting being drunk and disorderly outside his ex-partner’s resort home.

When police told Owen to leave St Chad’s Road he refused, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Sex-offender ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work

Sex offender Laurence Hull, 23, was given 100 hours unpaid work by magistrates after moving to Blackpool and forgetting to tell police of his new address.

Hull, of Pleasant Street in the resort, admitted two breaches of requirements.

Conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis

Yassar Khan, 38, of Merton Terrace, Lytham, will stand trial at Preston Crown Court after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis in the town last year.

Hit-and-run drink-driver found hiding under his bed

A drunk-driver who fled a hit-and-run crash was found hiding under his bed by police, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

Ryan Walmsley, 21, of Collins Avenue, Bispham, had been boozing at a pub before driving off and hitting another car, causing £12,000 of damage, the court was told on Wednesday (November 17).

He drove off and went home – where police officers discovered him in hiding, the court heard.

Defending, Robert Castle said: “He is far from proud and he apologises to the lady driver involved. He drank over the limit and panicked.”

Walmsley, who admitted drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared in the dock, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to work for 60 hours unpaid.

Hotel worker attacked boss over wages

A hotel worker attacked her boss during a row over wages.

Charlene Green, 33, of Coop Street, Blackpool, was angry after the seafront hotel owner refused to hand over her wages because she hadn’t taken a proof of identity with her, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

She hit him in the head and ripped his jacket, before turning on another worker who stepped in.

Green admitted the two attacks and criminal damage and was ordered to work unpaid for 100 hours, pay £150 compensation, and complete 15 rehabilitation days.

The hotel’s owner told the court in a statement he now fears working alone.

Attack on a police officer

A St Annes woman admitted attacking a police officer.

Light Ediand, 22, of Lightburne Avenue, had been arrested on suspicion of a separate matter and, once inside the police station, hit an officer on the hand with a metal detector wand, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday (November 18).

Ediand had her sentencing adjourned by magistrates so pre-sentence reports can be prepared on her.

Woman woke to find ex-partner in her bedroom

A woman woke up to find her ex-partner in her bedroom, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

John Gill admitted causing £400 damage by breaking into his victim’s home in Leeds Road, Blackpool, because he was upset at not being allowed to see his children.

After also admitting breaching a non-molestation order, he was given a 12-week suspended jail term, ordered to pay £400 compensation, and do 35 rehabilitation days.

The woman was woken up by a noise and saw Gill standing in her bedroom doorway, the court was told.

He then left – but was arrested after she called police.

Defending, Brett Chappell told the court: “He could not accept that, after a 17-year relationship, he was unable to see his children.”

Man stole £200 of electrical goods from B&M

Daniel Sheehan, 26, of no fixed address, admitted shoplifting at B&M in Blackpool, where he stole £200 of electrical goods, magistrates were told.

He will be sentenced at a later date once reports have been compiled on him.

The court was told Sheehan had stolen to feed his drug habit.

Man charged following Morecambe shooting

A man appeared before magistrates after being charged with attempted murder following a shooting.

Levi McCandlish was in the dock at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court today (Friday) after allegedly using a homemade gun to shoot Scott McIvor through the eye in an alleyway off Skipton Street, Morecambe, on Monday.

Magistrates sent McCandlish, 26, of Borwick Court in the seaside town, for trial at Preston Crown Court.

He will appear there on Monday, December 20.

Bail was refused.

Mr McIvor remains in hospital and suffered life-changing injuries, the court was told.

A number of arrests were made after the shooting, which happened at 6pm.

Two Lancaster boys, 13 and 16, and a 55-year-old Morecambe man were also held on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 41-year-old woman from Lancaster was arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders.

Patrols were stepped up in the area after the attack.