Fleetwood: From the courts 06-01-16

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A pensioner was caught driving over the alcohol limit after a tip-off to police.

Geoffrey Smith, 70, of Meadow Crescent, Poulton, a voluntary worker for Wyre Borough Council, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police received information about a possible drink-driver on December 16 at 12.15am, and saw Smith driving a Ford Fusion on Garstang Road, Poulton.

A breath test showed 52 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Smith told the judge he suffered from depression and added: “In the 40 years I have been driving I have never done anything as stupid.”

Smith said he had had a row with his wife. He said he had had a meal and drinks at a pub and was then driven to a relatives. Some time later he got into his car and drove.

• A driver failed to take a required breathalyser test after clipping a parked car saying he wanted to speak to his lawyer first.

Stephen Purcell, unemployed, 34, of North Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to not providing a breath specimen and driving without insurance.

He was disqualified from driving for 16 months, fined £110 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Purcell was driving a Corsa on December 13, when he collided with a parked car on Queen Street.

Purcell told police: “I’m sorry. I just got the angle a bit wrong as I was turning and bumped it.”

A roadside breath test proved positive for alcohol, but at the police station he failed to provide a breath sample saying he wanted to speak to his solicitor first.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had had a couple of cans of beer, then gone into town and had another pint.

Purcell wrongly thought he was within his rights not to provide a breath specimen until he had spoken to his solicitor.

• A broken back brake light led to a driver being banned from the road.

Stephen Rosco, 56, of Lord Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £110 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said at 6.30pm police saw Rosco driving a VW Polo on December 12 which had a broken back brake light in Thornton Cleveleys.

He was stopped on School Road and a breath test showed 44 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Howard Green, defending, said the day of the offence Rosco’s partner had learned her 56-year-old sister had died.

He drove to Thornton Cleveleys to comfort her and had a couple of glasses of wine.

When he set off home he did not believe he was over the limit.

Rosco had worked as a professional driver since 1976 and would now lose his employment.

• A father-of-two was found to be over the alcohol limit when police stopped him after he reversed out of an alley.

Mike Curwen, 25, of Grange Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police in an unmarked police car were parked near the Highfield Sports and Social Club, Fleetwood, on December 11, when they saw Curwen reversing a Citroen C3 out of an alley nearby.

When stopped Curwen said he was giving a friend a lift home. A breath test showed 55 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Howard Green, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, apologised. Curwen had not thought he was over the limit when he drove.

• A driver who was bought a festive drink at a social club was caught in the police’s Christmas anti drink-drive net.

Allan Mackley was trapped after police received an anonymous tip-off that he was about to drive after drinking. Mackley, a 63-year-old professional driver, of Burnside Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £300 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £30 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police received information on December 11, that a man was about to drive away from the Highbury Sports and Social Club, Fleetwood, after drinking.

At 7.55pm police saw Mackley driving a BMW away from the front of the club. He was stopped on the port’s Hatfield Avenue. A breath test showed 50 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Howard Green, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had taken his poorly wife to the social club that day to deliver some Christmas cards.

Mackley only normally had a couple of beers, but on that day someone at the club had bought him a large drink.

His driving ban would significantly affect his ill wife, as he would not be able to ferry her around.

• A man who wanted to better himself by being able to drive was caught behind the wheel after drinking.

Kieron McCabe thought that having a driving licence would help him acquire a job and get off benefits but when stopped by police he was more that twice over the limit.

McCabe, 37, of Blakiston Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with his provisional licence.

He was banned from the road for 20 months, fined £220 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Richard Clews sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said police stopped McCabe on December 6 at 1.20am, after seeing him drive a Ford Escort erratically on the resort’s Devonshire Road. A breath test showed 72 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Hugh Pond, defending, said his client had bought the car the day before to learn to drive on.

He parked it on a relative’s drive but someone tried to damage it when it was there.

He then decided to drive it to his home where there was a garage.

• Two men admitted a £60,000 raid on a beauty products company after hearing police wanted to charge someone else with the crime.

Michael Dehal and Stephen Monaghan turned themselves in to police in what magistrates heard was a case of ‘honour among thieves’.

The pair, from Bradford, broke into Coolblades, in Poulton, and stole hairdryers, hair straighteners, curling tongs, scissors and hair clippers.

But after getting away with their lucrative haul, they learned police were questioning another man.

It is understood detectives originally suspected Monaghan, 50, and a third man had been behind the break-in until Dehal, 28, was implicated at a later stage in the investigation.

Burdened by their guilty consciences, they came clean and admitted burglary at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Dehal, of Camarge Fold, and Monaghan, of Thornaby Drive, will be sentenced later this month.

Kevin Walker, defending, said: “The defendants went to the police voluntarily and confessed, after hearing someone had been sent for trial over this matter. It was a case of honour among thieves.”

The pair forced their way into the firm’s premises on Bracewell Avenue, Poulton Industrial Estate, during the raid, which took place between June 8 and 11 in 2014.

They stole hundreds of distinctive items, many of which have never been recovered.

Pam Smith,prosecuting, asked for the duo to be sentenced at crown court.

The defendants were bailed to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on January 27 by District Judge Rod Ross.

• A man accused of intimidating a woman witness by asking her to drop an allegation against him has appeared at court.

Daniel Fisher, 26, of Brookdale Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

He was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on February 3 by Blackpool magistrates.

Fisher must not contact the complainant or go within 100 metres of an address in Lune View, Knott End.

• A man attacked his mother and sister pushing them both onto a sofa.

Neil Gray, 26, of Mayfield Avenue, Thornton, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault and one offence of damage.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said Gray admitted pushing his mother and then his sister onto a sofa on December 20, before punching a hole in the kitchen wall. He had a previous conviction for assaulting his mother.

Gray was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

• A man who denied assaulting a woman was found guilty of the offence after a trial.

Daniel Ashworth, 23, of Wray Grove, Blackpool, was bailed to January 19 for pre-sentence reports by resort magistrates.

He must not contact the complainant or go within 200 metres of Ferndale Close, Thornton Cleveleys, as conditions of his bail.

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