Latest convictions from Blackpool's court - Monday, August 13, 2018

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

Ian Baird, 47, drug-driving, no insurance and not in accordance with licence

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A maintenance worker was caught drug driving by police as he was going to work early one morning.

Ian Baird said he used cannabis to relieve pain after being involved in a number of accidents.

Baird, 47, of Salisbury Avenue, Knott End, pleaded guilty to drug-driving without insurance and not in accordance with his licence.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £400 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £40 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police stopped Baird as he drove a VW Golf on Shard Road, Hambleton, on May 22 at 6.45am. He smelt strongly of cannabis and a blood test showed 11 microgrammes of cannabis in his body – ttwo is the limit.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Baird had suffered pain in his arms and legs after being involved in a number of accidents. He had been using painkillers but they had given him stomach problems so he had been using cannabis for pain relief.

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Anthony Innes, 18, inciting a child to stay away from person responsible for her

A teenager found himself before a court after inviting a 17-year-old girl back to his flat where she was found in a bathroom cupboard by police.

Anthony Innes, 18, of Mansfield Road, Layton, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to stay away from the person responsible for her.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said the girl was under the care of a social services manager.

The girl was banned from having any contact with Innes or going to any address he was at.

On July 10, police went to Innes’ address and found the girl hiding in a cupboard in the bathroom.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had met the girl while they were in care and become friendly with her.

Innes had believed the order banning the girl from having contact with him had ended.

Lynette Simon, 54, criminal damage

A woman caused thousands of pounds of damage to two cars parked on the street in Blackpool by scratching them. Lynette Simon, a 54-year-old career, of Barnfield, Meadow View, Great Plumpton, pleaded guilty to damaging a Mercedes and an Audi.

She was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service and fined £5.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a woman living on Watson Road, South Shore, saw Simon damaging her father’s and her partner’s cars, on July 23 at 12.15am.

Both cars were extensively damaged, one with the word ‘Simon’ scratched on the bonnet, and they would cost a total of £2,600 in total to repair.

When interviewed by police, Simon denied damaging the cars but accepted her guilt after she was shown footage from the dash cam in the Audi which showed her committing the offences.

The night of the offence she had drunk some wine, for the first time in 15 years, on the beach with a friend.

She said: “I believe I must have had a psychotic episode. I am now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings again.”

Dylan Eastwood, 21, criminal damage

A man smashed an empty fishtank during a row with his ex partner.

Dylan Eastwood, 21, of Beverley Close, South Shore, admitted criminal damage to the tank worth £150 and also damaging a plastic bucket worth £2.

Blackpool Magistrates gave Eastwood a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £20 costs.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said: “Had this not been domestic violence related this man would have been cautioned.”

Paul Wilde, 56, stalking

A Blackpool man has been made the subject of a lifelong restraining order.

It followed his guilty plea to an offence of stalking a woman and her family over a four month period.

Paul Wilde, 56, of Slaidburn Walk, North Shore, must also pay his victim £300 compensation and he must undertake 30 days rehabilitation as part of the terms of a three month suspended jail term.

Chairman of the Bench Sylvia Kirby told Wilde: “You caused this family fear and distress and there was some planning involved.”

Wilde admitted causing his victim fear by turning up at her home, her son’s school and at another member of her family’s address.