Blackpool: From the courts 05-03-18

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Blackpool magistrates court
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Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

READ MORE: Friday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 02-03-18

Katie Morgan, 24, theft

A customer in a Blackpool shop was put under surveillance by an assistant after she was recognised as woman who sold cosmetics via the internet.

Katie Morgan took two hair care gift sets without paying and later admitted to police she had sold them on.

Morgan, 24, of Cornwall Avenue, North Shore, pleaded guilty to one offence of theft.

She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £12 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a shop assistant at the Body Care shop in the Hounds Hill centre saw Morgan looking at goods in the store and recognised her from social media as being a woman who sold cosmetics on-line.

The assistant suspected she may be stealing and after Morgan hurriedly left the shop she checked the CCTV and saw her taking two hair care gift sets.

Morgan had a criminal record of 11 previous thefts and similar offences.

Martin Parsons, 38, drunk and disorderly

A drunken man went into a mini market and threw items at the shopkeeper when he was asked to leave.

Martin Parsons, 38, of Derby Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were asked to go to Selbourne Mini Market, Caunce Street, on February 2, where a man was causing a disturbance.

The market owner said Parsons had come in and started throwing items around the shop. When asked to leave he began hurling goods towards the owner.

Parsons was arrested as he rode off on a bicycle. At the time of the offence he was on a community order.

Wayne Bardsley, 44, theft

A window cleaner claimed he was forced to go shoplifting after a knife was held to the throat of a female friend.

Wayne Bardsley was taken to Sainsbury’s by the knifeman and ordered to steal £70 worth of razors.

Bardsley, 44, of Chesterfield Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was sentenced to a two-weeks tagged curfew from 9pm to 6am, had a community order extended by three months and ordered to pay £85 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a security officer at Sainsbury’s, Talbot Road, on January 27 at 5.30pm, saw Bardsley go to the razor aisle with empty bags and then leave with bags which appeared full.

At the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence. Bardsley had a criminal record of 15 theft and similar offences.

Brett Chappell, defending, told magistrates that Bardsley had been lent £70 by a man and the deadline to pay that debt had passed.

Although Bardsley was battling a drug addiction the loan was not to buy drugs but to buy food and electricity.

The man had arrived at his home and held a knife to the throat of a woman friend of Bardsley before ordering the defendant to go to Sainsbury’s and ordering him to steal the razors.

Mr Chappell added: “My client wanted to get caught and intended to get caught with the man and say that the man should be searched as he had a blade, but the man left the store leaving him to carry the can.

“He can not claim the defence of duress as in Sainsbury’s there was security around and he could have raised the alarm.”

Jacqueline Fowler, 40, theft

A woman stole a rucksack from a town centre store and used it to aid her shoplifting.

Jacqueline Fowler, 40, stuffed clothes from Primark worth £111.80 into the rucksack.

But she was spotted by a security officer and arrested. Fowler, of Central Drive, Blackpool, admitted theft. District Judge Jeff Brailsford asked for probation reports to be prepared on her as she a pattern of similar offending.

Thomas Walsh, 43, drunk and disorderly and possession of a Class A drug

A man who tried to take his clothes off in a Blackpool bar was later found with drugs in his pocket.

Thomas Walsh, 45, of Falconwood Way, Beswick, Manchester, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and possession of a class A drug.

He was given a two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £20 victims’ surcharge.

Ma Kellys door staff told the officer Walsh had been ejected from the bar because he was drunk and had tried to take his clothes off, but they were still having trouble with him outside.

He was searched and two small snap bags of cocaine were found in his jeans pocket. Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client was embarrassed and ashamed.