Fleetwood: From the courts 10-12-15

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A woman who denied point-blank she had taken anything from a store was found wearing the furry polar bear onesie she had stolen under her own clothes.

Paula Manders told police she had changed into the onesie in the shop’s toilets because she wanted to stay warm while wandering about looking for her friend.

Manders, 42, of Blackpool Old Road, Poulton, pleaded guilty to theft.

She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a security guard at Sainsburys, Talbot Road, Blackpool, saw Manders acting suspiciously on November 19.

She took a number of clothes into the changing area and afterwards the security guard noticed a furry onesie was missing.

Manders had left the store but she was brought back and found to be wearing the stolen onesie.

She told police her head had been all over the place as she had problems at home.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client suffered from mental health difficulties, had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and recently been the victim of domestic violence.

• A company boss has been spared a driving ban by a judge who ruled it would cause his workers exceptional hardship.

Tariq Potts was facing disqualification after failing to reveal the identification of the driver of a speeding Ferrari with the personal number plate of of BIG 7430 which was registered to him.

Potts, 43, of Little Poulton Lane, Poulton, head of a marketing and advertising company which specialises in provided guides on subjects such as bereavement to councils, had denied the offence but been found guilty after a trial.

He already had seven motoring penalty points on his driving licence and with the six statutory points looming for failing to reveal a driver’s identification he was facing a ban.

Potts was fined £150 with £620 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge and had six penalty points put on his licence by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge said he was exercising the discretionary right not to disqualify Potts and commented: “His position in the firm is critical and if he could not carry out his job some if his employees jobs would be at risk.”

Defence lawyer, Patrick Nelligan, told the judge: “My client is asking not to be banned because of exceptional hardship.

“He is managing director of a company which has 20 employees and his role is the cornerstone of the business.”

Potts told the judge a large amount of his time was spent driving round the country acquiring business, troubleshooting and handling queries.

He added the company and employees jobs could be at risk if he was not able to do that.

• A mother stole more than £100 worth of chocolates from the same shop.

Dominica Thomas, unemployed, 32, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

She was ordered to pay £125 compensation by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court who imposed no other penalty.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Thomas targeted the One Stop Shop, Chatsworth Avenue, Fleetwood, on two occasions, both times in the company of a man.

On October 31 Thomas took 12 tubs of chocolates valued at £60, then returned on November 1 to steal 13 tins of Quality Street costing £65.

Her crimes were captured on the shop’s CCTV and she was identified by one of the store’s staff.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client was sorry for what she had done.

Thomas’s young daughter had difficulties and the defendant was undergoing counselling for problems.

• A woman accused of stealing three cordless phones valued at £44 from Fleetwood’s B and M Bargains store has had the first hearing of her case at court.

Suzanne Boyle, 26, of Mowbray Road, Fleetwood, who was not present at the hearing, had her case adjourned by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

• Police who stopped a Porsche Boxster after seeing it being driven erratically found the driver was over the alcohol limit.

James Jolly lied to an officer saying he had had nothing to drink, but the officer pointed out he could smell cider on his breath a court was told.

Jolly, a 28-year-old sales representative, of Rossall Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £330 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £33 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Brenda Wildish, warned him: “You could have killed someone. It’s up to you never to do this again.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, police saw a silver Porsche Boxster being driven erratically at Carleton on November 13 at 1.15am and it was stopped on Fleetwood Road.

The prosecutor said: “The defendant said he had not had anything to drink.

“The officer pointed out he could smell cider on his breath.

“The defendant then admitted he had had a drink.”

A breath test showed 44 microgrammes of alcohol in Jolly’s body – 35 is the limit.

David Charnley, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had a clean driving licence. Jolly was a hard worker and the defence provided a character reference to magistrates from his boss.

The night of the offence Jolly had drunk two pints of cider in the Thatched pub, Poulton, and said he had told the police officer that.

• A motorist who drove while over the alcohol limit aims to escape being banned from the road.

Erwin Alleyne said his drinks were spiked by another man.

Alleyne, 41, of The Esplanade, Knott End, admitted driving a Citroen Berlingo van on Shard Road, Hambleton, on November 14.

A breath test showed 44 micrograms of alcohol – 35 is the limit.

Stephen Duffy, defending, told the court: “He will give special reasons to the court to show why he should not be disqualified. He says that his drinks were laced.”

Alleyne’s case was adjourned to January 15 for the special reasons hearing by Blackpool magistrates.

• A woman accused of being almost four times over the drink-drive limit has appeared at court.

Mia McDonald, 39, of Staveley Grove, Fleetwood, had her case adjourned for trial by Blackpool magistrates.