Fleetwood: From the courts 10-08-16

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man accused of kicking an American Bulldog puppy and assaulting the dog’s owner has gone on the run.

James Burder, 31, of Heathfield Avenue, Fleetwood, failed to appear at court for the first hearing of his case.

Burder had a warrant without bail issued for his arrest by District Judge John Maxwell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

• A school-girl apologised to a court for her laziness which had put her own mother in the dock.

The 14 year old was in tears as she asked magistrates to read a letter she had written to them.

Before the court was carer Hayley Bennett, of Broomfield Avenue,Fleetwood, who admitted failing to ensure her daughter Chloe’s regular attendance at Montgomery School,Blackpool.

The court heard that the teenager’s attendance had slipped to 86 percent-90per cent is considered persistent truancy.

Lynda Bennett prosecuting for Blackpool Council said that the defendant had been sent five letters about Chloe’s poor attendance and had gone to a meeting at the school to discuss the issue.

The choice to stay at Montgomery despite moving to Fleetwood was a parental one.

Her mother told the hearing that Chloe would not get out of bed in the mornings and she had three other children to get to school and get to work herself.

She said: “I have been fighting to get her out of bed .She is a typical lazy teenager.

“She realises she has got me into trouble and has written to you of her own bat.”

The teenager stood up in the well of the court and said: “I know its is all my fault.”

Her mother was given a 12 months conditional discharge and must pay £55 costs.

• A young mother was almost three times over the alcohol limit when she was pulled over by police.

Natalie Hood, a learner driver, had three male passengers on board as she drove in Blackpool.

Hood, 27, of Wyre Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with her provisional licence.

She was sentenced to a 21 days curfew from 6pm to 6am, disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay £85 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge by District Judge John Maxwell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Jim Mowbray, said police saw Hood driving a Hyundai pull off a service station on Talbot Road without headlights on July 21 about 3am.

A breath test showed 97 micrograms of alcohol in her body - 35 is the limit.

David Charnley, defending, told the judge that his client, who had no previous convictions, said she had been coerced into driving by other people.

• A man accused of assaulting his pregnant former girlfriend has made his first appearance at court.

Erwin Alleyne, 42, of Worsley Close, Knott End, pleaded not guilty to assault and was bailed to September 6 for trial by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

• A picture posted on a social media site of three youngsters wearing hi-vis jackets at the scene of a crime they had 
committed led police to a burglar.

Aaron Whitney featured in the photograph and when police pounced a hi-vis jacket was found among his possessions.

Whitney, 8, of Warley Road, North Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burgling a bus station canteen.

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

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Thornton Cleveleys bus station mess room was broken into overnight on January 5.

Food had been eaten from the canteen and three hi-vis jackets plus a hedge strimmer, valued together at £415, were stolen. Police later found one of the jackets among Whitney’s things.

Steven Scott, defending, said: “It was not a sophisticated crime. One of the co-defendants posted on social media a picture of them inside the premises wearing the hi-vis jackets.”