Magistrates Round-up - 22-04-15

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man accused of making indecent pictures of children – some at the highest level of indecency – has made his first appearance at court.

Stuart Taylor, 44, of Alston Avenue, Cleveleys, faces nine offences of making indecent photographs of children and six offences of possessing similar pictures.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Thornton prior to May 14 last year.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client would not indicate pleas to the offences at this stage.

Taylor was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 13 by District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

A man has made his first appearance at court accused of assaulting a steward at Blackpool Football Club.

Dominic Gullis, 23, of Cross Street, Fleetwood, pleaded not guilty to assaulting the steward at Blackpool’s match against Leeds on March 21.

Gullis was bailed to May 20 for trial by District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

A Romanian man was part of a trio who stole more than £1,000 of goods from two Asda supermarkets on the Fylde coast – including Fleetwood.

Vitalis Ilie, 27, of Luxor Avenue, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

He admitted stealing a large amount of chewing gum, some chocolate, clothing and food valued at £631 from Asda, Cherry Tree Road, Marton, plus the theft of £648 worth of spirits from the store’s Fleetwood branch and failing to answer bail.

Ilie, who had the court proceedings relayed to him by an interpreter, wept in the dock as he was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Ilie and two other men were seen acting suspiciously in Asda’s Cherry Tree Road store on the afternoon of January 22. Ilie was spotted picking up two of the store’s bags for life, into which another of the group was seen emptying shelves of chewing gum.

The trio were arrested after failing to pay. When the CCTV footage was checked at the Fleetwood branch, the trio were seen stealing the spirits.

Howard Green, defending, said his client was arrested at Doncaster airport as he tried to board a flight back to Romania.

Mr Green said that Ilie, who has spent 67 hours in custody, had come to the UK under the misapprehension the streets were paved with gold, but had only found temporary work. Ilie had virtually asked to be deported when he was in the cells. All he wanted to do now was fly home to Romania.

A man accused of causing the death by careless driving of an 87-year-old woman has made his first appearance at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Darren Bradford, 26, of Wigan Road, Charnock Richard, near Chorley, is accused of causing the death of the pensioner.

Enid Farrington died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital following an accident at the Tramway pub, Cleveleys, on June 7 last year.

She was out walking with her elderly husband when a car driven by Bradford reversed into her, it was alleged by Jim Mowbray, prosecuting .

Mrs Farrington and her husband lived in Cleveleys.

Bradford elected for trial at Preston Crown Court, where there will be a hearing on May 20.

He was bailed until that date.