Trio accused of ‘family feud’ home burglary

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A couple and a teenage boy accused of becoming involved in a family feud and burgling an address with weapons including a fire extinguisher, a knife and toilet cleaner have made their first appearance at court.

The defendants are alleged to have broken into an address in Cleveleys and attacked two women and a man with the fire extinguisher and poured toilet cleaner over one woman’s head, causing burns.

Mark Cooper, 52, of Rawcliffe Street, his partner, Tara Walsh, a 38-year-old hotel worker, of Hill Street, both of South Shore, Blackpool, and a 17-year-boy from Cleveleys, who can not be identified for legal reasons, are charged with burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm with weapons.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at an address on Melbourne Avenue in the early hours of July 17. The victims are said to include Walsh’s sister, who was allegedly battered with a fire extinguisher, Walsh’s niece, who was said to have had corrosive toilet cleaner poured over her head and his neice’s boyfriend, who was allegedly hit with a mirror.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Blackpool magistrates sent the case to Preston Crown Court for hearing on August 8. Walsh was remanded in custody. Cooper and the teen were bailed.

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