Here is the latest round-up of cases at Preston’s courts.
Man stole £5,000 from bookmakers
A betting shop customer reached over and snatched £5,000 out of a till,a court has heard.
Adam Blain Harry Thomas, of Maitland Street, Ribbleton, Preston, appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court where he admitted a charge of theft from the gambling giant.
The court heard how on June 8 this year, the 28-year-old was in a Paddy Power store in Preston when he helped himself to the cash from an open till drawer, before running off with the haul of cash notes.
The bench ordered him to do 60 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order.
The defendant, who has several different aliases, must also pay an £85 victim surcharge.
No order for costs or compensation was made due to his limited means.
His guilty plea was taken into account by the magistrates bench.
Harasser’s prison term suspended
A harasser has been given an 18-week jail term, suspended for two years, after committing offences against a Chorley woman.
Simon Oakley, of Hancock Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to harassing his victim between May 20 and June 6 this year.
Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how Oakley sent his victim unwanted correspondence.
Abusive messages were also sent to her.
The bench described his behaviour towards her as “serious, sustained, and calculated “
The 40-year-old defendant was ordered to do unpaid work for 100 hours as part of a community order.
He was also given a restraining order by the court, and must pay a surcharge of £115. along with £35 costs.
Mateusz Aina, 29, of Adelphi Place, Preston, was discharged for a year after admitting damaging two vehicles but must pay £165 compensation.
Thomas Turner, 27, of Brabiner Lane, Whittingham, Preston, was found guilty of driving while using a phone and must pay a £220 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Thomas Kidd, 25, of Further Field, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, was found guilty of failing to give driver information and must pay a £660 fine, £66 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.
Patrick Shaun Ryan, 61, of no fixed abode, was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge after admitting breaching his sex offender notification requirements.
Joe Taylor, of Mornington Road, Penwortham, Preston, was found guilty of failing to keep his dog on a lead in a dog control area and must pay a £146 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £100 prosecution costs.
Cheryl Ann Tunstall, 46, of Stocks Road, Ashton, Preston, was bound over for six months in the sum of £100 after admitting breaching the peace.
Thomas Ward, 26, of Sanderling Road, Liverpool, admits stealing diesel in Chorley and must pay a £120 fine, £20 compensation, a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Corey Brookes, 19, of Wyresdale Crescent, Ribbleton, Preston, was discharged for 18 months but recalled on his prison licence after admitting assaulting a man and must pay a £20 victim surcharge.
Katarzyna Dominika Witkowska, 22, of Church Street, Preston, was discharged for 12 months after admitting stealing clothes and going equipped for thefts with pliers, and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.