Here is this week's round-up of cases at Preston’s courts.
Railway bike hub is hit by burglar
A would-be burglar broke into the bicycle hub used by passengers at Preston Railway Station.
The intruder, Robert William Towers, has been given a 16 week prison sentence after being caught in the act, but a bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court agreed to suspend the sentence for 12 months.
The 35-year-old defendant, who gave his address as Cranbourne Street, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, pleaded guilty to offences of burglary and going equipped for theft, during a brief hearing.The court heard the defendant had been found in possession of an arsenal of tools used in the act of a theft, including a set of bolt cutters, some allen keys, a screwdriver and a mallet, during the incident on June 19 last year.
Towers has been ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and £85 towards his prosecution costs, at a rate of £10 a fortnight.
Man attacks shop betting machine
An angry man trashed a gambling machine in a betting shop, a court has heard.
Furious Gareth Green, who gave his address as Alexandra Road in Lancaster, left betting firm William Hill with a £2,000 repair bill for the machine after attacking it.
Prosecutors said the incident unfolded in one of the firm’s outlets in Preston city centre on March 7 this year, Preston Magistrates’ Court was told.
Green later pleaded guilty to a charge of committing criminal damage.
The magistrates’ bench has ordered the 38-year-old defendant to pay the company £500 in compensation at a rate of £20 a month.
However the court did not impose a victim surcharge or costs due to his limited means.
Ali Bouisri, 38, of Thistlecroft, Ingol, Preston, was given a curfew after admitting using threatening behaviour and must pay £100 compensation, £85 surcharge and £85 costs.
Paul Woods, 19, of Tulketh Crescent, Preston, admits stealing meat and must pay £59.69 compensation, a £120 fine, a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
Corey Mark Taylor Aspinall, 20, of Robin Hey, Leyland, admits stealing vodka and must pay a £40 fine, a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
Victoria Wilkinson, 26, of Beech Court, Ashwood Road, Fulwood, Preston, was given a drug treatment order after admitting alcohol and watches, and must pay an £85 surcharge.
William Ratcliffe, 58, of Arcon House, Lancaster, must have alcohol treatment and pay £39.50 compensation after admitting stealing alcohol.
Andrew Tuner, 32, of no fixed abode, was jailed for six weeks after admitting stealing alcohol in Preston.
Anthony Stewart, 38, of Basil Street, Deepdale, Preston, admits being drunk and disorderly and must pay a £40 fine.
Arthur Anthony May, 53, of Skeffington Road, Deepdale, Preston, must have alcohol treatment after admitting assaulting a woman and must pay a £40 fine, £85 surcharge and £85 costs.
Sarah Michelle Riley, 31, of Cintra Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, admits stealing meat and must pay a £40 fine and £30 surcharge.
Clinton Eyerz, 38, of Plungington Road, Preston, was found guilty of littering after dropping a cigarette in Burnley, and must pay a £220 fine, £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
Kalvin Abram, 36, of Victoria Road, York, was discharged for two years after admitting being drunk and disorderly.