Two men accused of being bogus collectors for a charity for youngsters fighting life-threatening conditions have had their case considered at court.
Ricky Symeon, 37, of Thornbank, Poulton, and Barry Buckley, 33, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, Blackpool, are charged with four offences involving raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
They are both accused of falsely representing they were collecting for the Make a Wish Foundation, making a booklet for use in fraud, being concerned in the misleading practice of selling a booklet to raise money for the charity and engaging in misleading practice by saying the money collected would go to the charity.
The prosecution, brought by Blackpool Council, alleged the offences took place between May 6 and June 26 last year.
Prosecutor, Lynda Bennett, alleged that the duo mainly targeted young and elderly woman to ask to donate money they said would go to charity.
Symeon pleaded not guilty to all the offences.
Buckley was not present at the hearing and a warrant without bail was issued for his arrest.
District Judge, Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court said the case should be heard at Preston Crown Court.
Symeon was bailed to appear at the crown court on May 18 on the condition he did not contact his co-accused Buckley.
• A man who had to be escorted from hospital because of his behaviour trashed his flat after police gave him a lift home.
James Whitmore, 42, of North Church Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace and was bound over in the sum of £100 for 12 months by District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s casualty unit on April 16 at 7.30pm because of Whitemore’s behaviour.
He had been receiving treatment for a head injury and police gave him a lift home. Officers were outside Whitmore’s address when they heard a loud bang. A neighbour shouted to them out of a window “he’s trashing the flat again”.
Whitmore greeted officers with his fists up and furniture had been tipped up around the flat.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client had mental health problems and he had medicated himself with alcohol. He could not remember what had happened on April 16. He now intended to get help again from mental health specialists.
• A Teenage tearaway given a last chance to behave and stay out of youth custody broke the law only hours after leaving court.
The 15-year-old Fleetwood boy, who can not be identified for legal reasons, failed to keep his curfew and stayed out all night.
He had been sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order for a catalogue of crimes but his exasperated grandfather today told a judge: “He has an ‘I’ll do what I want to do’ attitude.”
The boy, who pleaded guilty to breaching the rehabilitation order, was sentenced to four months youth custody in the form of a detention and training order by District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court,
The judge told the boy: “Your record shows you appear to give no thought to any court order. I do not believe you when you say you would comply.”
The judge was told that on April 7 the boy was sentenced to a 12 months rehabilitation order with intense supervision and surveillance, 91 days of activity and two months curfew from 8pm to 6am.
The sentence was imposed for offences of breaching his Anti Social Behaviour Order, possessing a blade in public, resisting arrest, being carried in a car taken without consent and fraud.
The same day as he was sentenced he failed to keep his curfew and also breached it on the three following days. He also failed to keep an appointment organised for him by his Youth Offending Team officer.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said the boy had previously convinced another judge, District Judge Jeff Brailsford, he deserved a chance not to be sentenced to youth custody.
Mr Nelligan added: “There was an incident where he and another boy were stabbed. He tells me he was scared to go to school and to some of his Youth Offending Team appointments because of that.
“Many of the friends he goes out with are older, 17 or so. He tells me he is going to block all his friends from his Facebook page and his apps so he will not be tempted to go out with them. He instructs me he will comply with the order if he is given another chance.”
The boy’s grandfather said his grandson had promised he would stop drinking alcohol and going out with the friends, but he had not. After being sentenced to the rehabilitation order his grandson had left court, stayed out all night and not been seen the next day.
• The boss of a cosmetic surgery group’s guilty secret was revealed when he had a heart attack at the wheel of a car a court was told.
For Edward Landauer was banned from the road and his first words to police when paramedics brought him round were: “I’m disqualified.”
Landauer, 47, of Broadgate, Preston, who said he often stayed at his girlfriend’s address of Snowshill Crescent, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to driving while banned without insurance.
He was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Prosecutor, Kerry Grieve, said police were called to Bispham Road, Blackpool, on February 25 at 6pm, where Landauer had collapsed at the wheel of a Peugeot at traffic lights.
Paramedics were called and Landauer’s first words when he was revived were: “I’m disqualified.”
At the time he was half way through a four year driving ban imposed for an offence of drink-driving.
Landauer, who had three previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol and two previous convictions for disqualified driving, said his girlfriend, whose car it was, did not know he was banned from driving.
Michael Leach, defending, said his client was going to pick up his partner when he felt a severe pain in his chest and stopped because he felt it was unsafe to continue.
Mr Leach added: “The next thing he remembers, because he had had a cardiac arrest, was paramedics carrying out tests on him and a police officer being there who he immediately told he was disqualified.”
Landauer, who runs a cosmetic surgery brokerage arranging for patients to receive the correct treatment, was deeply remorseful for what he had done.
Probation officer, Lesley Whittaker, told magistrates in a report that Landauer had turned to drink following an acrimonious divorce but he had now not drunk alcohol for more than a year. The day of the offence his partner had said she was going to be late and he made the reckless and impulsive decision to go and pick her up.
• A pensioner accused of punching his wife in the mouth and kicking her legs has made his first appearance at court.
James Thomson, 68, of The Lanterns, Poulton, pleaded not guilty to two offences of assaulting his wife.
Thomson was bailed to May 24 for trial by District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
He must not communicate with his wife or enter Stratford Gardens without a police officer as conditions of his bail.
• A man with a bad driving record was slammed by a judge for failing to take notice of court orders and jailed.
Derek MacDonald was arrested on his third offence of driving while banned after he crashed into another car.
MacDonald, unemployed, 26, of Grafton Street, Blackpool, denied driving while disqualified without insurance or an MoT and failing to stop after an accident but was found guilty of the offences after a trial in his absence. He admitted failing to answer bail.
He was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, banned from the road for 12 months and ordered to pay £80 victims surcharge by District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge told him: “You seem to pay no attention to court orders and have driven while disqualified on a number of occasions.”
Prosecutor, Adrian Hollamby, said on October 19 MacDonald was at a man’s home in Blackpool when they had a disagreement.
MacDonald left about 7.30pm and was seen driving away in a Hyundai. He returned minutes later then revved his engine, sounded his horn and shouted abuse at the man, before reversing into a Peugeot and driving off.
Police found him in Lindel Road, Fleetwood, and when questioned MacDonald denied all the offences. He had two previous convictions for disqualified driving.
Hugh Pond, defending, said MacDonald had told him he had been suffering from paranoia because he had been taking the legal high Spice. Over the past weeks he had been in and out of hospital because of taking the legal high.
Mr Pond added: “I think he has given up the idea of driving motor vehicles because of his appalling record and lack of expertise.”
• A son tried to punch his father in the face after he was told to leave the family home.
Darren Sherlock, unemployed, 43, of Mount Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace and was bound over in the sum of £100 for 12 months by Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, police were called to an address on Harrow Avenue, Fleetwood, on April 9 at 9.10pm, by Sherlock’s parents who said their son had turned up, was causing problems and refusing to leave.
Officers were told Sherlock had lived at his parents address but had been kicked out in February after being accused of taking money to fund a drug habit.
Sherlock was abusive to his parents and the officers. As he was being escorted to the door he lunged towards his father and tried to punch him in the face.
Sherlock told magistrates: “I should not have done what I did.”