From the courts 15-10-15

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Two men accused of stealing a camera bag and equipment valued at £500 from a car taken without consent at St Annes have made their first appearance at court.

Grant Tuckley, 23, formerly of Derwent Road, Orrell, Wigan, now living at Dalton Street, St Annes and Anthony Wright, aged 23, of Chatsworth Avenue, Fleetwood, both pleaded not guilty to theft.

Wright also denied taking a Volvo from Curzon Road, St Annes, and driving it without insurance and not in accordance with a licence on Amy Johnson Way on October 11. Tuckley also denied being a passenger in a car taken without consent.

The defendants were bailed for trial on November 26 by Blackpool magistrates. They must not contact each other, reside at their given address and keep a curfew 10pm to 7am as conditions of their bail.

• A soldier has been accused of failing to stop after crashing a BMW into a police Land Rover and damaging it at Wesham.

Deron Stapleton, a 34-year-old Corporal, of Sycamore Drive, Wesham, who is based at Weeton Army Camp, Weeton, is charged with assault and failing to stop when asked to by a police officer in Derby Road, Wesham.

He is further accused of not stopping after a road accident, failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing and threatening behaviour.

The offences are said to have taken place on July 31 this year.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, asked for the case against her client, who was not present at the hearing, to be adjourned so medical records on Stapleton could be obtained.

Stapleton was bailed by Blackpool magistrates.

• A pensioner was warned he could be jailed after twice assaulting his wife.

Michael Hackney, 65, of Bambers Walk, Wesham, pleaded guilty to two offences of assaulting wife, Beverley.

Defence lawyer, Robert Castle, said his client had no previous convictions.

Hackney was bailed for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by Blackpool magistrates

• A man accused of stealing £53 of meat from the St Annes branch of Aldi had appeared at court. David Leach, 43, of Clifton Drive North, St Annes, was said to be suffering from septicaemia and needed hospital treatment.

Leach was bailed by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

• A prison officer took banned items into a Lancashire jail he worked at.

Nathan Matthews was found with an iPhone 6 and charger in his bag at Kirkham Prison.

Matthews, an operational support grade officer at the jail, had previously signed a document stating he understood electrical items were not to be taken into the prison.

Matthews, 22, of Claremont Road, North Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty illegally taking a phone and charger into a prison.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £180 court charge with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said an officer at Kirkham Prison received intelligence on August 7 that one of the staff had a mobile phone inside the jail.

He and another officer approached Matthews, who was in the mail room, and challenged him, asking if he had any undisclosed items on 

Matthews replied “like what” and was told “like anything you should not have in the prison.”

The defendant said “I may have my phone.”

He then produced a phone and charger from his bag.

He admitted he had been trained and briefed in such matters and knew such items should be placed in secure lockers outside the confines of the jail.

Howard Green, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had worked at the open prison for four months.

Normally he left his phone in a locker.

That day he remembered turning it off, but he must have forgotten it and left the phone in his bag as an oversight.

Mr Green added: “He was not aware it was a crime to have the phone in the prison. He was summarily dismissed from the prison.”