Latest convictions from Blackpool's court - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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

Bradley Scott, 21, driving with excess alcohol

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A drunken learner driver had to be pursued down the motorway by Blackpool police when he failed to stop after patrol officers signalled him to with their vehicle’s blue lights.

Bradley Scott who had been to a friend’s 21st in the resort eventually pulled over on Fleetwood Road, Greenhalgh, after leaving the M55.

Scott, a 21-year-old warehouse worker, of Penrhyn Drive, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance and possessing cocaine.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £696 with £85 costs plus £40 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

READ MORE: Monday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court

Ben Riches, 29, drunk and disorderly

Police had to pepper-spray a drunken man after he squared up to officers.

Ben Riches, 29, of Lindel Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police got a report of an incident in Fleetwood and officers saw Riches and a woman who appeared to be having a physical altercation as he dragged her from a shop doorway on August 9 about 2am.

Riches became aggressive when he saw the police officer.

He puffed out his chest and clenched his fists before running off.

When caught he squared up to officers and was pepper-sprayed.

Riches told magistrates: “I drink like once a week maximum. I just went overboard that night.

“There was no altercation. It was just my wife trying to help me.”

Leon Olive, licence breach

A man failed to keep in touch with the probation service after his release from prison, Blackpool Magistrates were told.Leon Olive, 24, of Egerton Road,Blackpool, admitted breach the terms of his release on licence from jail after serving a sentence for the theft of a vehicle.

Olive failed to keep appointments with his probation officer and the court heard he lived a “chaotic lifestyle” because of substance misuse. Olive was fined £80.

Michael Dixon, 32, possessing cannabis

Police called to an address in Fleetwood found drugs in a toy truck.

Michael Dixon, 32, of Chapman Court, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.

He was fined £40 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police went to an address in the port where Dixon was found with injuries and later taken to hospital on May 6.

While waiting police found a small amount of cannabis in a toy dumper truck in the lounge.

When interviewed Dixon admitted the drug was his and that he used it to relieve symptoms of back pain and anxiety.

Dixon told magistrates: “It was in a Tonka toy from the sixties, one of the tin ones. It was not a child’s toy.

“I used cannabis for anxiety. I have recently been discharged from hospital as I have mental health problems.”

Brandon Brook, 20, assault and criminal damage

When police were called to two altercations the same young man assaulted officers.

Blackpool Magistrates heartfelt how 20-year-old Brandon Brook kicked one officer in the private parts and in the other incident he kicked his police victim in the stomach.

Brook, of Lytham Road, Blackpool admitted both assaults the first in April and the other in August.

Brook also admitted three charges of criminal damage--breaking a window at Iceland and two bus shelter windows.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said the assaults took place when officers were called to incidents in which Brook was involved.

The prosecutor said the damage offences were :”mindless acts of violence.”

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said: “My client was twice taken to the floor by police and he reacted by kicking out.

“Police know he has a record of violence to police and officers know this.”

Brook was in breach of two previous suspended jail terms and was worried he might lose his accommodation if he was jailed, said his lawyer.

Brook was jailed for 28 weeks and ordered to pay £115 victims surcharge.

Damian Galazyn, 18, possession of an offensive weapon

A teenager accused of having a meat cleaver in a Blackpool park has been put on the wanted list.

Damien Galazyn, 18, of Washington Avenue, Bispham, is charged with having a cleaver as an offensive weapon in Kingscote Park on June 21.

Galazyn failed to attend court and Blackpool magistrates issued a warrant without bail for his arrest.