Blackpool: From the courts 09-05-17

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Stephen Perry, 52, breach of supervision order

A judge decided not to jail a former semi-professional rugby player and to give him one last chance.

Stephen Perry, who had broken his supervision conditions three times, was also given words of advice by the judge on battling to keep out of trouble.

Perry, 52, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with post prison sentence supervision.

He was fined £120 by District Judge David Purcell.

The judge told him: “I’m going to give you one last chance.

“I would suspect, if you played rugby to a high level, you are someone who does not lie down, but fights to win the game and I think you need to try and use that in yourself.”

The court was told Perry was on post prison sentence supervision after being released after serving a sentence for shoplifting offences.

Angela Brooks, prosecuting for the probation service, said Perry failed to report to his probation officer on March 17 and 24 as instructed and did not provide medical evidence for his absences.

It was his third breach of the supervision.

Perry was described as having an extensive history of not complying with orders and his probation officer had recommended he be jailed.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client had been a successful semi-professional rugby player.

He then broke virtually every bone in his legs and underwent repeated surgery.

Perry now suffered from agoraphobia and depression. In the past when he had been unable to leave the house a probation officer had visited him at home.

His criminal record consisted of cycles of low value thefts such as taking a chocolate bar.

These usually took place when he was not receiving benefit money. Every time he went to prison he had to get his benefits reinstated afterwards and he had gone long periods of time without receiving benefits money.

Here is Monday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 08-05-17

Rocky Scott-Thomson, 26, aggravated car theft and dangerous driving

A man accused of taking a car and being involved in a high speed police pursuit in which he went the wrong way down three one-way road streets in Blackpool has made his first appearance at court.

Rocky Scott-Thomson, 26, of Ferry Road, Barrow-in-Furness, pleaded not guilty to the aggravated taking of a Vauxhall Corsa and driving it dangerously on Talbot Road and Queens Square on September 10 last year.

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

Scott-Thomson was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on June 7 by District Judge Purcell.

Michelle Brooks, 48, breach of the peace

A woman caused a fracas at her boyfriend’s cafe in Blackpool when she threatened to damage a television.

Michelle Brooks, 48, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace.

She was bound over in the sum of £100 for six months by District Judge Purcell.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Brooks was at her boyfriend’s address at The Windmill Cafe, Dale Street, on May 4 at 7.15pm.

The couple rowed and Brooks threatened to damage the television.

When police arrived they found Brooks outside the address. Police then asked her to leave and not return to the area.

She refused, started shouting at the top of her voice, and swore at some members of the public. She was arrested after repeating her threat to damage the television and also saying she would injure her partner.

Brooks apologised and told the judge she was going back to live in Manchester.

Elliott Slack, 33, possession of indecent images of children

A man accused of having cushion covers illegally featuring indecent cartoons of naked young girls has made his first appearance at court.

Elliott Slack is also alleged to have had in his possession more than 1,000 indecent photographs of young girls aged between five and 10.

Slack, 33, of Collingwood Avenue, St Annes, is charged with possessing nine prohibited images of a child in the form of eight cushion covers and one picture.

He also faces two offences of possessing indecent photographs of children.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on November 25 last year at Blackpool.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Defence lawyer, Peter Cave, said his client would not indicate pleas to the offences at that stage.

Slack was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on June 7 by Blackpool magistrates.

He must not have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16, except for inadvertent or fleeting contact or with the consent of Social Services.

Robert Breen, 42, obstruction of the highway, possessing cannabis

An anti-fracking protester has had a warrant issued for his arrest.

Robert Breen, 42, failed to turn up at court to answer four allegations.

Breen who lives at the protest camp near the fracking site at Little Plumpton near Blackpool is alleged to have obstructed the higher next to the site on the A583.

He is also charged with possessing cannabis.

Breen is also alleged to have deprived a worker at the Cuadrilla site of his tools and clothes by hiding them.

The fourth allegation against Breen claims interfered with a Volvo tipper wagon rendering it dangerous.


Wayne Anyon, 44, assault

A Blackpool man who denies inflicting grievous bodily harm has had his case sent for trial at Preston Crown Court.

Wayne Anyon, of Bright Street pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Paul Morris in Blackpool on November 11 last year.

Anyon was bailed by Magistrate pending his appearance at the higher court on June 7.

Karl Mercer, 37, handling stolen goods

A man alleged to have handled stolen goods – a £24,000 Range Rover Evoque – has elected to go for trial at Preston Crown Court.

Karl Mercer, 37, of Cranbrook Avenue, Blackpool, is alleged to have assisted in the retention and disposal of stolen goods – the car which is the property of Lex Autlease.

Magistrates bailed Mercer until he appears at the higher court on June 7.