Lancashire news in brief - 09/02/15

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Schools go into battle in contest

BUDDING manufacturers from across Lancashire are set to do battle in a schools challenge.

The BAE Systems Make it Enterprising Challenge will tomorrow task 13 and 14 year-olds from 12 schools to set up their own mini-manufacturing businesses.

Fire in city flat

FIRE crews tackled a blaze that broke out in a Preston flat.

Firefighters were called to Mardale Road at about 2.15pm on Friday, where a fire had started in the ground floor.

Nobody was hurt.

Wheelie bin fire

FIREFIGHTERS put out a fire in a wheelie bin behind a Preston shop, believed to have been started deliberately.

Crews were called to a car park in Plungington Road at about 12pm on Friday.

In the dock

Man fled wall crash

A JOINER who fled after crashing into a garden wall has avoided being disqualified.

Lee Paul Melling, 31, of Tag Lane, Ingol, was involved in an accident on Black Bull Lane, Preston, on Bonfire Night, magistrates in the city heard.

It put him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for threatening behaviour, the court head.

He was ordered to pay a £340 fine, £34 surcharge and £85 costs, and received seven penalty points.

PRESTON: Andrew Mee, 24, of Fishergate Hill, was jailed for 22 weeks suspended for 12 months, after admitting two counts of stealing coffee.

Preston magistrates heard he had an “appalling” record and had only just been released from prison.

He must have drug treatment and pay £25 compensation, an £80 surcharge and £85 costs.

CHORLEY: Michal Nurek, 35, of Pilling Lane, Chorley, admits benefit fraud.

Preston magistrates heard he failed to notify authorities his wage had increased and his wife gained employment, affecting his entitlement to Council Tax Benefit. He was discharged for 18 months but must pay a £15 surcharge and £200 costs.

PRESTON: Obaid Islam, 34, of Wellfield, Preston, admits two counts of exposing himself.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard he committed two 
offences on January 25.

He will be sentenced on 
February 16.

PRESTON: Lee Jones, 27, of Heathfield Drive, Ribbleton, has been fined £100 after causing a nuisance to staff at the Royal Preston Hospital in an incident on January 11.

Preston magistrates heard he refused to leave the premises when asked by police.

He admitted the offence and must pay a £100 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

PRESTON: A woman who made abusive and threatening calls to a Preston woman has admitted harassment.

Shabnam Patel, 23, of Wolfenden Street, Bolton, 
received a two year conditional discharge.

Preston magistrates ordered her to pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

PRESTON: Daniel Hoskinson, 29, of Lancaster Road North, admits behaving in a 
violent manner to a police officer. He was ordered to pay a £55 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs by Preston magistrates.

Court snaps

Anthony Singleton, 26, of Gouldbourn Street, Preston, was given a curfew after admitting damaging an Audi and stealing ski goggles, and must pay £310 compensation, a £60 surcharge and £85 costs,

Peter Whitesmith, 44, of Herbert Street, admits being drunk and disorderly and must pay a £70 fine, £20 surcharge and £80 costs.

Michael Ashcroft, 21, of Ringwood Road, Preston, admits twice assaulting a woman and must take part in a relationships programme and pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Francis Patricia Frew, 57, of Bank Croft, Longton, admits assaulting a man and must pay a £330 fine, £33 surcharge and £85 costs.

Margaret Thornley, 51, of Poplar Grove, Ribbleton, admits assaulting a man and must take part in a probation programme and have 12 months supervision.

Ryan Whittle, 18, of Downing Street, Callon, Preston, admits using threatening behaviour and must carry out 80 hours unpaid work, and pay £50 compensation, a £60 surcharge and £35 costs.

William Thomas, 22, of St Marys Road, Great Eccleston, was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, insurance or MOT, and must pay £200 compensation, a £52 surcharge and £200 costs.

Sean Long, 25, of Gisburn Road, Ribbleton, was given a 12 week sentence suspended for 18 months after admitting driving while disqualified and without insurance, and must pay an £80 surcharge and £85 costs.

Cheryl Eastham, 32, of Grosvenor Street, Preston, admits breaching the peace and must pay a £50 surety to keep the peace for six months.

Lee Rigby, 33, of Fowler Lane, Farrington Moss, Leyland, admits assaulting a woman and must take part in a relationships programme and pay a £100 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.