Blackpool: From the courts 26-04-18

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

READ MORE: Wednesday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 25-04-18

Robert Newell, 47, grooming

A man who thought he was grooming a teenager girl for sexual content on a dating website was, in fact, contacting the teen’s mother.

Robert Newell, 47, asked explicit questions of a sexual nature.

Prosecutor Sarah Perkins said: “He believed she was just 15-years-of-age. The implications of what he was doing are quite extreme and worrying.”

Newell admitted attempted grooming to try and engage the girl into sexual acts.

Magistrates ordered probation reports on Newell and be was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 23, on condition he has no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.

The prosecutor said a Blackpool had met Newell on a dating website and he started to bombard her with up to 100 messages in a three week period.

The court heard the mother then stopped using the site but returned three years later.

Newell recognised her profile and started to message her once more. She tried to put Newell off by saying she was her daughter and aged just 15.

Despite being told the girl was under age he persisted asking her if she liked older men and inviting her on a car ride and suggested they kiss.

The mother arranged to meet Newell and contacted the police, who arrested him.

Adrian Reed, 37, drink-driving

A wealthy businessman was found to be over the drink-drive limit after police saw him driving erratically in his Mercedes and ordered him to pull over.

Reed, who runs a digital advertising company with employees at sites around the world, had 90 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

The 37-year-old, of Leyland Hall Farm, Medlar Lane, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from for 23 months, fined £1,285 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £170 victims’ surchargeProsecutor, Pam Smith, said police saw Reed driving erratically on Exchange Street, Blackpool, on April 3 at 5.30pm.

The prosecutor added that Reed was seen with some drugs material around his nose and was cautioned for this by police.

Craig MacGregor, defending, said his client, who was of previous exemplary character, was remorseful and had pleaded guilty immediately.

Mr McGregor added that it would be very difficult for Reed to do unpaid work for the community as he suffered from bulging discs in his spine and he also had his children every other weekend and Wednesdays, but he could pay any financial penalty within a fortnight.

Jamie McManus, 27, drunk and disorderly

A man was seen among a group of both men and women fighting in Blackpool town centre.

Jamie McManus carried on being aggressive after he was separated from another man by a police officer.

McManus, 27, of Vance Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly. He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £20 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were alerted to several men and women fighting in The Strand on March 3.

An officer saw McManus being aggressive and violent towards another man and she separated them.

He continued punching out and several other officers and door staff had to help restrain him.

McManus told magistrates: “I’m remorseful. I have done my best to stay out of trouble. I feel I have let myself down. It definitely won’t be happening again.”

Kelly Jones, 35, theft

A shoplifter stole goods from a store so that she could buy drugs.

Kelly Jones, 35, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of theft.

She was sentenced to an eight weeks tagged curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £100 compensation with £100 costs plus £85 victims’ surcharge.