Blackpool: From the courts 30-11-16
Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court from November 29.
David Fowler, 72, extreme pornography
A Cleveleys man has made his first appearance at court charged with possessing extreme pornography.
David Fowler, 72, of Victoria Road West, faces three allegations.
He is charged with making 20 videos at the highest category.
He is also charged with possessing 20 videos.
Fowler’s third allegation is that he possessed extreme pornography involving animals.
Blackpool magistrates bailed Fowler on condition he has no unsupervised contact with children.
His cases will be heard at Preston crown Court on January 4.
Richard Rooney, 56, breaching the terms of his licence
A Blackpool pub landlord has admitted breaching the terms of his licence.
Richard Rooney, 56, of Freemantle Avenue, South Shore, runs the Excelsior pub on Lytham Road.
He admitted allowing alcohol to be served on a Blackpool FC home match in glass rather than safer polycarbonate carbonate holders.
He also admitted failing to have doormen on duty at the bar on Blackpool’s last home game of last season.
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £320 costs by Blackpool Magistrates.
The court heard that police visited the premises when they noticed a large number of people drinking outside.
They asked to speak to Rooney but he was not available.
Trevor Colebourne, defending, said that Rooney had been caught out by a late change in the kick off time and a security company faile to send him doormen on time for an early match start.
David Windle, 43, obstructing an enforcement agent
A father-to-11 children found himself before a court after he got into a fracas with a bailiff who clamped his people carrier.
David Windle removed the wheel which had been clamped and put another one on before driving off in front of the bailiff.
Windle, 43, of Rosebery Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to obstructing an enforcement agent.
He was fined £40 with £50 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said enforcement agent Anthony Smith went to Windle’s home in relation to an unpaid parking fine owed to Blackpool Council on July 8.
Windle told him he would not pay and he wanted further information,
On July 12 the enforcement agent returned and as Windle had not paid the fine he clamped his Vauxhall Zafira.
Windle then said he was going to free his vehicle.
He got out tools, removed the wheel with the clamp, put on another wheel and drove off.
Gerry Coyle, defending, told magistrates the incident had been down to a parking fine Windle said he knew nothing about.
He reacted badly when his car was clamped because if it had been towed away he would have had to pay £185 to get it released from a compound.
He needed the vehicle because he and his partner had 11 children, some of whom were fostered, who he had to transport around.
Since the incident his dispute over the parking fine had been sorted out and it was being deducted from his benefits.
Stephen Ferris, 47, begging,
A man who persistently begged for money on the streets of Blackpool was described as a blight on the resort.
Stephen Ferris was almost a permanent fixture in the town wrapped in a duvet or sleeping bag with a begging bowl at his feet from April to July a court was told.
Ferris, 47, of Church Street, Blackpool, previously pleaded not guilty to 12 offences of begging and one offence of breaching a Community Protection Notice which banned him from begging in the resort.
He was found guilty of all 13 offences after a trial in his absence by Blackpool magistrates.
His case was adjourned for him to appear at court when an application for a Criminal Behaviour Order agains him will be applied for.
If granted the order would give the authorities greater power over his behaviour.
Mike Caveney, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said council officers had found Ferris persistently asking members of the public for money.
He was seen begging in Church Street, Ocean Place, Bank Hey Street, The Promenade and St Johns Square.
When told to stop and that his behaviour was unreasonable and detrimental to the resort Ferris was frequently verbally abusive to officers.
A Community Protection Notice was served on him which banned him from begging in Blackpool but he breached the order by continuing to beg. The prosecutor added: “He is a persistent beggar.
“He blights the streets of Blackpool and makes it look unsightly.
“People who come here do not want to be approached by people like this asking for money.
Susan Lehane, 51, theft
A woman stole from a spa consultant’s luggage which had been left in a bedroom at the Imperial hotel.
Susan Lehane, 51, of Riverstone Drive, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to theft of underwear, perfume, cosmetics, leggings and costume jewellery and possession of heroin.
She was fined £120 and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who ordered the destruction of the drugs.
Lee Moran, 46, handling stolen property
A Blackpool man faces 10charges of handling stolen property – all builder’s tools and equipment.
Lee Moran. of Withnell Road, had his case adjourned until December 7 by Blackpool Magistrates who granted Moran bail on condition he keeps a curfew at his address.
Sarah Greaves, assault
A woman has appeared before Blackpool Magistrates charged with assaulting her own sister.
Sarah Greaves is charged with assault and also with assaulting the woman’s husband.
Greaves’ case was adjourned until January 27 when she will stand trial.
She was bailed to an address on Livingstone Road, Blackpool in the meantime.