These are this week's cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates' Court - Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3, 2021

Here is the latest round-up of cases from Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 12:08 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd December 2021, 2:53 pm

We will update this story each day with the latest from court.

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Veteran punk rocker identified by his multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes

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Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Veteran punk rocker Ronnie McLeod, 58, of Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood, appeared in court to admit nicking £400 of car batteries from the tip in Bispham – after his seven multi-coloured eight-inch-long hair spikes led to him being recognised on CCTV.

Stood in the dock in a black leather jacket and tartan trousers adorned with zips, he pleaded guilty and was told to pay £200 compensation.

Defending, Patrick Nelligan said: “As well as being a veteran of the punk scene, he is no stranger to recycling.”

The court was told McLeon and another man damaged a fence to get onto the site.

Blackpool man admits having 7,000 indecent images of children

Gary Allen, 38, of Empress Drive, Blackpool, admitted having almost 7,000 indecent images of children when he appeared before magistrates.

He was bailed before an appearance at Preston Crown Court in January, when he will be sentenced.

Blackpool man accused of voyeurism, harassment and a revenge porn offence

A resort man made his first appearance at court on Monday after being charged with sex offences.

Anthony Scott, 33, of Mayfair Road, is accused of voyeurism by watching a private sex act – and a revenge porn offence, namely threatening to publish footage of his alleged female victim, who he is also accused of harassing.

Scott is also accused of sending a second woman explicit photographs, stalking her by relentlessly sending her messages, and intimidating a female witness with the intention of perverting the course of justice.

Defending, Brett Chappell said his client denied all the charges.

Scott was remanded in custody by District Judge Jane Goodwin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, and was sent for a trial at Preston Crown Court, where he is due to appear on Monday, December 20.

Neither of Scott’s alleged victims can legally be named.

Drunk electrician flattened wall

Uninsured sparky James Elliot, 36, of Peter Street, Blackpool, flattened a town centre garden wall while drink-driving, magistrates were told.

He pleaded guilty and was banned from the roads for 18 months and told to pay £622 in fines and costs.

The court was told Elliot was found in his crashed van by police.

DNA evidence traps Blackpool car thief

Brian Horan, 43, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, admitting stealing from a car after being trapped by DNA on gloves he left.

He took keys and cash worth £50 to top-up his electricity meter, the court was told.

Horan was ordered to pay £249 in fines and costs.

Drink driver was seen wandering across the road followed by a cow after ploughing through a hedge

Drunk-driver Joshua Pearman, 28, of King George Avenue, Blackpool, lost control taking a country road corner and crashed his VW into a tree, resort magistrates were told.

Witnesses saw him wander away from the wreckage in Hall Lane, St Michael’s, followed by a cow before refusing a breath test.

He was banned and fined by magistrates.

Blackpool man admits production and possession of cannabis

A cannabis grower was caught by accident – after someone mistook his telephone conversation for a domestic row.

Flat owner Todd Turner, 35, of Blackpool Road, Poulton, was caught with the class B substance and the tools needed to grow it, including a tent and heating.

His lawyer, Gerry Coyle, told Blackpool Magistrates’ Court the police bust came as a result of good fortune.

“There was no domestic,” he said.

“Just my client talking to his mother on the phone.”

Turner pleaded guilty to producing and possessing cannabis.

He was given a one-year community punishment with 25 rehabilitation days.

He must also do 60 unpaid hours’ work and pay £180 costs, magistrates ruled.

Mr Coyle added: “He has suffered mental health issues and is now writing a book about it.

“He did not supply drugs to anyone else.”

Man found hiding behind bins after drink-fuelled crime spree

A man went on a drink-fuelled crime spree the day after an anti-alcohol monitoring tag was taken off him.

Ashley Dadak, 39, of Holts Lane, Poulton, first rowed with his girlfriend, who was worried about his drinking, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

He then tried to stop her leaving his home by taxi – before getting into his car to follow her and smashing into two other vehicles and a set of traffic lights.

Dadak ran off but was found hiding behind some bins by police.

After being arrested, he refused to give breath samples, the court was told.

Dadak pleaded guilty to a string of offences and was jailed for 24 weeks.

He was also banned from the roads, told to pay compensation, and given a restraining order for two years.