Blackpool: From the courts 11-07-18
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Stephen Dunsieth, 53, making indecent images of children and producing cannabis
A man made indecent pictures of children under the age of 10 a court was told.
Stephen Dunsieth, 53, of Sir Stanley Mathews Way East, Foxhall Village, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children, some at the highest level of depravity.
He also admitted possessing extreme pornography, having a prohibited image of a child and producing cannabis at his home in March last year.
The offences took place between January 2009 and March last year at Blackpool.
Prosecutor, Adrian Hollamby, said: “The defendant has admitted making category A images. Some of the children involved are under the age of 10. I ask for the case to be committed to crown court for sentence.”
Brett Chappell, defending, said Dunsieth had no previous convictions and asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on his client.
Dunsieth was bailed to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on August 8.
Charles Johnston, 24, and Callum Ross, 26, producing cannabis
Two men accused of running a cannabis factory in the loft of their home have had their cases sent for trial at Preston Crown Court.
Charles Johnston, 24, and Callum Ross, 26, both of Waterloo Road, South Shore, are alleged to have had what the Crown described as a sophisticated production area in their loft.
The duo entered no pleas to producing cannabis and possessing the drug with intent to supply.
They were both bailed until they appear at the higher court on August 8.
Neil Hodgson, 58, fraud
A man thought he did not have to disclose the fact that he and is wife were receiving small private pensions when he started to claim benefits.
Fifty eight-year-old Neil Hodgson, of Lawrence Avenue, St Annes, also failed to tell the Department of Work and Pensions and Fylde Council when he returned to work.
Hodgson admitted five charges of fraud involving Housing Benefit and Employment Support Allowance. He was overpaid £3,544 in benefits.
Hodgson told the hearing that after he underwent heart surgery he lost his £50,000-a-year job.
He added: “The private pensions were so small I did not think I had to say anything about them. They amounted to 89p-a-week between two of us.
The court ordered probation reports on him before sentence.
Tony Peace, 53, affray, possession of an offensive weapon and assault
A man alleged to have threatened his next door neighbour with a claw hammer has been remanded in custody.
Tony Peace, 53, of Durham Road, Blackpool, was sent for trial at Preston Crown Court where he will appear on August 8.
His lawyer’s Martin Hillson’s application for bail was refused.
Peace is accused of affray, possession of an offensive manner and two charges of common assault.