News in brief - 22/09/14

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Cast a vote for county

THERE’S still time to vote for Lancashire as the best destination in the country.

Marketing Lancashire and its website visitlancashire.com are in the running in the British Travel Awards.

They are nominated in the Best UK holiday destination category.

Go to www.britishtravelawards.com. Respondents go into a prize draw.

Submit your short stories

THE deadline to enter Chorley & District Writers’ Circle annual national short story competition is fast approaching.

Interested authors should submit a short story of no more than 2,000 words on the theme of ‘Your sins will find you out’, how you interpret this is up to you.

First prize is £100, with runners-up prizes of £50 and £30.

Entry costs £5 per story, or £8 for two with no limit on entries.

Visit www.chorleywriters.org.uk by September 30.

Man arrested at railway station

A MAN was arrested after repeatedly pulling down his pants at Preston Train Station.

British Transport Police said a man had been charged with being drunk and disorderly.

In the dock

Man admitted assault charge

PAUL Anthony McDermott, ​of Murray Street, Preston, was given a six-month conditional discharge by Chorley magistrates for assault.

McDermott, 46, admitted assaulting a man by beating him.

McDermott was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Driver was not in control of car

WAYNE BORE, of Morris Road, Ribbleton, Preston was fined £200 with £85 costs by Chorley magistrates for driving a car without proper control.

Bore, 44 , was convicted in his absence of driving a vehicle on North Road, Preston, when he could not have proper control of it.

A man who assaulted a woman while subject to a suspended sentence for threatening her has been jailed for 70 days by Preston Magistrates Court.

Brandon Cody, 39, of Riverside, Bamber Bridge, beat the woman on September 9, the court heard.

He also admitted two counts of resisting a PC.

A man who repeatedly telephoned a woman and posted comments about her on a social networking site has been given a restraining order and must pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Darren Mark Wilkinson, 36, of Staining Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, admitted harassment at Preston Magistrates Court.

A man is to be sentenced after admitting growing 14 cannabis plants in July.

Johnathon Knowles, 23, of Bentham Street, Coppull, Chorley, will appear before Preston Crown Court on October 7.

A man who committed four thefts and ended up drunk and disorderly in an Oxfam charity shop has been discharged for 18 months.

Joseph Carey, 22, of Dundonald Street, Callon, stole alcohol on three occasions, followed by headphones, on August 27, Preston Magistrates heard.

He must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Jesse Tagoe, 21, of Alderfield, Penwortham, near Preston, admitted breaching a suspended jail term by possessing cannabis and driving without a seatbelt.

Preston Crown Court fined him £50.

He was also ordered to pay £50 costs and observe a one month curfew.

Ben Routledge, 21, of Westminster Road, Morecambe, admitted he stole seven gold rings worth £350 from a woman, and must pay compensation of £90, a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Court snaps

Gareth Sumner, 21, of Mendip Road, Leyland, admits breaching a restraining order and a breaking remote control and must pay an £80 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Stephen Wadsworth, 58, of no fixed abode, admits being drunk and disorderly in Church Street, Preston, and was discharged for six months but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Jack Ian Davies, 20, of Whitmoor Close, Morecambe, admits interfering with a Honda motorbike and was discharged for 12 months but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Joseph Hannaby, 26, of Albert Road, Morecambe, admits assaulting a man and must pay a £30 fine, £50 compensation, a £20 surcharge and £25 costs.

Lydia Jane Johnson, 21, of Warren Grove, Heysham, admits stealing formula milk and possessing cannabis and was discharged for 18 months but must pay a £15 surcharge and £40 costs.

George Keir Montgomery, 72, of Lister Grove, Heysham, admits drink driving and must pay a £170 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs and observe a 12 month ban.

Sam Walker, 18, of Dorrington Road, Lancaster, admits stealing £90 of candles and possessing cannabis and must do 40 hours unpaid work and pay a £60 surcharge.

Emma Lamb, 35, of Brindle Close, Lancaster, admits stealing a can of Special Brew and must pay a £70 fine, £2.65 compensation, and a £20 surcharge.

Thomas Rodgers, 43, of West End Road, Morecambe, admits stealing £35 of cheese and must have drug treatment and pay a £60 surcharge and £50 costs.

Samantha Ashworth, 24, of Chorley Road, Adlington, was found guilty of failing to give a driver’s information and must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.