Lancashire news in brief - 08/12/14

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Free parking for Christmas

WANT an early Christmas treat? Free Christmas parking at five South Ribble car parks starts today. The five free hot-spots are Ecroyd Street, Sumner Street, King Street and Churchill Way in Leyland and Hope Terrace in Lostock Hall. Parking will be free after 10am from now until - and including - Christmas Eve.

Business steps in to kit out club

PRESTON based Farington House FC, one of Lancashire’s leading Sunday League football clubs have a new kit after Drivers Direct stepped in to help. Gethin Roberts, Owner and Managing Director at Drivers Direct said: “The staff at our Preston office are keen supporters and it’s great to see them in their new kit.”

Keep fit by trying country dancing

LOOKING for a new way to keep fit? Head down to Leyland Folk Dance Club tomorrow night. The country dancing club practice at Moss Side Community Centre in Leyland from 7.30pm-10pm every Tuesday. A spokesman said: “If you want to try a new way to keep fit and have fun at the same time join us.”

Overweight fine

LANCASHIRE north west motorway police fined a driver for driving an overweight vehicle on the M6 motorway in Lancashire on Friday.

The driver - who has not been named - was issued with a £200 graduated fixed penalty by the force.

Late shopping

A NUMBER of Preston city centre shops are open for late night shopping this Wednesday and Thursday. To check which shops are open see:

Help to get on your computer

MORE computer courses for beginners will be held at a school after the success of sessions covering basic skills.

Albany Academy, in Chorley, ran the computer courses for members of the public using funding from Chorley Community Housing.

To find out more about the courses, call 01257 244020.

New date for blood donors

THE date of blood donation sessions at St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Chorley has changed.

They were scheduled for Tuesday, December 16 but have moved to Tuesday, December 23.

They will run from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

Society gets in Christmas spirit

CHORLEY Historical And Archaeological Society will hold a Christmas social evening tomorrow.

It starts at 7.30pm at Chorley Library and will include a quiz.

The event costs £1 for members and £2 for non-members, which includes refreshments.

Council meeting

MAWDESLEY Parish Council will hold its next meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Mawdesley Village Hall.

Items on the agenda include the precept for 2015-16 and planning applications.

There will be an open forum for people to ask questions.

Food and crafts

A FOOD and craft market will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday on Fazakerley Street, in Chorley town centre.

Stalls will sell locally-produced food, crafts and other items.

In the dock

Woman banned in her absence

A WOMAN who failed to tell police who was at the wheel of a car involved in a motoring offence was banned from driving for nine months.

Alison Elizabeth Joseph, 44, of Preston Road, Bamber Bridge, was found guilty in her absence by Chorley Magistrates. She was also fined £165 with costs of £85.

Man banned for drink driving

DAVID Mark Iddon, of Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale was disqualified from driving for 18 months after admitting drink-driving.

The 36-year-old changed his plea from not guilty at Chorley Magistrates Court and was fined £480 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £48 victim surcharge.

Perfume theft

ANTHONY Royle, 34, of Stocks Road, Preston, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months by magistrates after pleading guilty to stealing two bottles of perfume from Morrisons. He was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Man admits arson

A MAN has been given a 20 week sentence, suspended for 18 months after admitting arson.

Richard Lowry, 31, of Greenwood, Clayton Green, destroyed a Suzuki bike worth £2,000.

Chorley Magistrates heard he had a similar offence on his record.

He must have alcohol treatment and was given a restraining order. He must pay £500 compensation and an £80 surcharge.

CHORLEY: A man has been charged over the theft of £11,000 of children’s clothes and shoes from Laura Jayne’s Children’s Wear in Heskin Hall, Chorley.

Mark Edwards, 42, of Holmestead Close, Hoghton, Preston, is accused of entering a building as a trespasser. Preston Magistrates committed the case to the Crown Court.

PRESTON: A sex offender admits failing to comply with his notification requirements.

Philip Forsyth, 30, of Carnarvon Road, Preston, failed to register a new address, and notify police he had stayed in a house where a person under 18 lives

He will appear before magistrates in December.

PRESTON: A man who handled a stolen tablet has been jailed for six weeks by Preston Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates told Frankie Dwyer, 24, of HMP Preston, the matter was aggravated by his record.

PRESTON: A man has admitted harassing a woman and possessing cannabis.

Hiten Lakha, 34, of Fishwick Parade, turned up at his victim’s home shouting abuse, the court heard.

He also admits driving while disqualified, without insurance.

He will be sentenced by Preston Magistrates on December 10.

PRESTON: Angela Craigie, 39, of Strand Road, Preston, was jailed for a total of 48 weeks after stealing £332 goods from Waitrose.

Preston Magistrates Court heard it was committed during the period of a suspended sentence.

She must also pay an £80 surcharge.

PRESTON: Matthew West, of no fixed abode, admits inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man in Chorley.

The 24-year-old will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on December 16.

Court snaps

Thomas Rigby, 20, of Sulby Drive, Ribbleton, Preston, admits possessing cannabis and must pay a £90 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Brian Salisbury, 36, of Samuel Street, Callon, Preston, admits three thefts and possessing tramadol, and must have drug treatment and pay a £60 surcharge and £225 compensation.

Glen Jones, 37, of Stanley Place, Preston, admits begging outside Preston’s Natwest bank, and must pay a £15 surcharge.

Anthony Hollingsworth, 25, of New Hall Lane, Preston, admits using threatening behaviour and must have drug treatment and pay a £50 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

John Counsell, 49, Railway Street, Chorley, admits damaging a phone and was discharged conditionally for 12 months but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Mitko Ignatov, 30, of New Hall Lane, Preston, was found guilty of driving without insurance and must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Gavin Lewis, 36, of Southport Road, Chorley, admits stealing a packet of Complan and was discharged conditionally for 12 months but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Samuel Aston, 18, of Canal Walk, Chorley, admits driving while disqualified, and without insurance and must do 150 hours unpaid work and pay a £60 surcharge.

David Boardman, 45, of Marshaw Road, Lancaster, was found guilty of failing to give a driver’s information and must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Andrew Campbell, 54, of Westwell Road, Chorley, was found guilty of driving without insurance and must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.