Fylde: From the courts 21-04-16

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A drugged surveyor was chased round St Annes by police as he drove mainly at speeds of between 5mph and 15mph.

David Laycock, who narrowly missed hitting other cars during the pursuit, was found to have a cocktail of drugs in his body when he was caught.

Laycock, 49, of West Bank Avenue, Lytham, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs without insurance and failing to stop for a police officer.

He was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, put on a four weeks tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am, ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge and banned from the road for two years by District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police on St Andrews Road South saw Laycock driving a BMW on the wrong side of the road on February 20.

Police followed Laycock onto Church Road where he was swerving from left to right across the road almost hitting a parked van before mounting the pavement on Worsley Road.

The police car’s blue lights were illuminated and Laycock signalled to stop. He carried on squeezing through a gap left by an oncoming vehicle and nearly hitting another parked vehicle.

He was driving mostly at between 5mph to 15mph and eventually pulled onto the forecourt of flats on Fairhaven Road. A urine test showed various drugs in his body, including morphine, cocaine, codeine, cannabis and diazepam.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client had injured his foot and was unable to work at present. He was on medication prescribed by his doctor, for his ailments, which included the drug diazepam.

Laycock had not been driving at speed around the town, rather it was the slow speed he was travelling at which caused the police officer’s curiosity.

• A driver caused a crash when he turned across the path of another motorist.

Michael Brown suffered a knee injury and the driver he hit was taken to hospital with soft tissue injuries to the head and back.

Brown, 24, of Laverton Road, St Annes, was not present at court but he pleaded guilty by letter to driving without due care and attention.

He was fined £264 with £85 costs, ordered to pay £20 compensation and had six penalty points put on his driving licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Malcolm Isherwood, said a witness saw Brown, who was driving a Citroen Berlingo, turn across the path of a Nissan Micra at traffic lights at the junction of Preston New Road and Whitehill Road, Marton, on October 17 at 7.30pm

A letter from Brown read to the court said the road was dark and it was hard to see oncoming traffic. He thought the traffic filter may not have been working.

• A man arrested for drink-driving on his birthday claimed he was set-up by a former girlfriend.

Dean Smith said his ex invited him out for celebration drinks and then refused to take him back home.

Smith, 44, of Butlers Meadow, Warton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £235 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Malcolm Isherwood, said police stopped Smith on March 28 at 3.45pm, as he drove a Mitsubishi shogun on Chain Lane, Staining. A breath test showed 55 micrograms of alcohol in his body 35 is the limit.

Smith told magistrates: “I was set up by an ex girlfriend. It was my birthday and she turned up offering to take me.

“We went out and then she refused to take me back home. I made the stupid decision to drive. I understand the danger of what I did and I am disgusted with myself. I deserve whatever I get.”

• A husband accused of infidelity kicked out at his wife when she shook him as he slept in bed.

Aleksandr Ananjev at first told police he had done it in his sleep but then admitted he had been reckless.

Ananjev,a 39-year-old Kirkham factory worker, of Hunter Road, Freckleton, pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife.

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

Prosecutor, Kerry Grieve, said Ananjev’s wife accused him of infidelity with one of her friends and asked him to leave the marital home, on March 25.

Ananjev had been drinking and was in bed asleep so she shook him gently. He responded by kicking out with both feet. She was kicked across the room and ended up on the floor.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Ananjev, who had no previous convictions, had been married to his wife for 17 years and the couple had two children.

Ananjev had not intended to assault his wife and she had no injuries. He was hopeful they would be able to resume their relationship once the court case was concluded

• A woman took her boyfriend’s BMW without permission to go on a mercy mission to rescue a friend who was in trouble.

Chantelle Pola was then stopped by police who said the car’s headlights were not on.

Pola, a 20-year-old bar worker, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent, driving without insurance and not in accordance with her licence.

She was fined £200 with £85 costs, ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge and had six motoring penalty points put on her licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Kerry Grieve, said on police stopped Pola March 27 at 5.30am as she drove a BMW on Blackpool’s George Street because she did not have her headlights on.

Police said at first Pola only gave her Christian names, then added that she was a mechanic who was insured to drive the car and passed her test three years ago.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Pola, who had no previous convictions, had acted completely out of character. A friend had rung her saying she was in trouble, needed help and could she come and pick her up. Pola could not wake her boyfriend, who was deeply asleep, so she just took the car.

She said she had given her full name, the car’s headlights were on as they were automatic and that she had told police her boyfriend was a mechanic who had passed his test three years ago.

• A woman has pleaded not guilty to behaving in a threatening manner towards her father,

Caroline Ditchfield, 44, of Lowes Meadow, Garstang Road, St Michaels, was bailed to June 2 for trial by District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

She must not contact her father or enter Kingscote Drive, Blackpool, or the junction of Kingscote Drive and Newton Drive as conditions of her bail.

• A son caused a fracas in the family home when he threw bottles about and was rude to relatives. Curtis Richmond, 25, of Church Road, Lytham, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace and was bound over in the sum of £100 for 12 months by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to Richmond’s address on April 9 at 8.40pm, where the defendant was said to be causing a disturbance.

Police were met by Richmond’s father and it was said that the defendant had been throwing bottles around, threatening various family members and had thrown a television from a second floor window.

Richmond, who appeared drunk, told police: “Don’t put me on the floor or I’ll kick off.” He was arrested after he said he would self-harm if he was let go.

Richmond told magistrates: “I have got a lot of apologies to make when I get home. I need to speak to my doctor about my mental health.”