Man is accused of bid to rob two women

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man accused of attempting to rob two women at Blackpool and who allegedly fled when they screamed for help has made his first appearance at court.

Karl Spurling is alleged to have struggled with a woman as he tried to steal her purse on Daggers Hall Lane, Marton, at 10.30am on August 14.

On the same day he is said to have tried to take £150 cash from a woman who had just got cash out of an ATM on Highfield Road at 11am.

Minutes later he is alleged to have snatched a purse from a woman in her 70s.

Spurling, 40, of Alexandra Road, South Shore, faces two charges of attempted robbery and one charge of theft.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, asked for Spurling to go to crown court in custody. Defence lawyer, Mike Ball, said his client had indicated he would plead guilty to the offences.

Spurling was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court, at a date the higher court will fix, by Blackpool magistrates.