Lancashire news in brief - 22/12/14

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Brockholes a venue to visit

BROCKHOLES nature reserve was the most viewed place to visit on Marketing Lancashire’s website in 2014.

The tourism organisation has revealed the top 10 most viewed venues on its website. The Samlesbury nature reserve pipped The Museum of Lancashire and Clitheroe Castle Museum.

Karen to advise on careers body

LANCASHIRE careers executive Karen O’Donoghue has been invited to advise on the formation of a new national careers and enterprise company announced by the Government.

Karen will continue her role as chief executive of social business The Via Partnership in Leyland.

Flats proposal at city offices

OFFICES at Deafway in Brockholes Brow could be turned into flats.

Plans have been lodged with Preston Council to create three self-contained flats at the site and, if they are approved, commercial offices will be changed into sheltered residential bedsits within the Deafway site.

New office open

LANCASHIRE and Cumbria law firm Harrison Drury has opened its fifth office following a merger with Clitheroe law firm, DLH Solicitors.

The merger will see DLH’s founder, Dominic Hester, join Harrison Drury’s team as a consultant.

Extension bid

AN application to demolish an existing conservatory and garage in Gleneagles Court, Kirkham, and replace it with a side extension and detached garage has been submitted to Fylde Council.

In the dock

Custody for motorist

A MAN who admitted knowingly driving a car that was taken without consent has been given 12 weeks in a young offender’s institution.

Iain Thomas Graham, 20, of Cotswold Road, Chorley, was ordered to pay a £100 surcharge by Preston Magistrates’ Court.

He also admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence.

The bench said he had failed to respond to previous non custodial sentences.

PRESTON: A man who attempted to steal items from a man’s white Audi car on four separate occasions has been jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months, by Preston Magistrates’ Court.

Christopher Shields, 28, of Maple Grove, Ribbleton, received an eight-week curfew and drug treatment, and must pay an £80 surcharge and £85 costs.

PRESTON: A man who admitted harassing a woman by visiting her home and shouting abuse will be sentenced on January 14.

Hiten Lakha, 34, of Fishwick Parade, Preston, also admitted possessing cannabis, and driving while disqualified and without insurance in a hearing before Preston Magistrates.

CHORLEY: A man who stole razors and was found with cannabis was given eight weeks in prison, suspended for a year.

Simon Gaskell, 26, of Eaves Green Road, must pay an £80 surcharge, Preston Magistrates ruled.

CHORLEY: A man who admitted assaulting a woman in an incident involving a samurai sword received a 126-day sentence, suspended for 24 months.

Andrew Turner, 29, of Bolton Street, must participate in a relationship programme and pay a £80 surcharge and £85 costs.

Preston magistrates heard a child was in the house at the time.

CHORLEY: A man who was found guilty of a racially aggravated assault on a man has been given a 182-day sentence, suspended for 24 months.

Michael Harris, 25, of Birchwood Drive, Coppull, must do 200 hours unpaid work. He admitted resisting a police constable and must pay £250 compensation, an £80 surcharge, and £100 costs.

LEYLAND: Gregg Dunne, 28, of Alder Close, was jailed for 12 weeks after admitting two counts of stealing electric razors, and stealing washing powder.

Magistrates ruled he must pay an £80 surcharge.

Court snaps

Levi Wilson, 22, of Evans Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, admits possessing cannabis and must pay a £90 fine, £20 surcharge, and £85 costs.

Andrew Duckworth, 30, of Northcote Road, Preston, must pay a £400 fine, £40 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of driving a vehicle with a faulty tyre.

Scott Deakin, 19, of Stocks Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, must pay a £25 fine after admitting breaching a court order.

Mohammed Aziz, 34, of Skeffington Road, Preston, was given a curfew after admitting stealing Armani fragrance sets and must pay £138 compensation.

Gerald John O’Dowd, 54, of Church Street, Preston, was given a curfew after admitting twice assaulting a woman and must pay a £145 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Keith Healey, 59, of Bolton Road, Chorley, was given nine months supervision and restraining order after admitting assaulting a woman. He must pay a £35 fine, £100 compensation, and a £60 surcharge.

Karl Burnett, 41, of Cowling Brow, Chorley, admits stealing a pair of jeans and must pay a £35 fine and a £20 surcharge.

Adam Francis, 21, of Coniston Avenue, Chorley, was discharged conditionally for 12 months after admitting assaulting a woman.

Liam Turner, 25, of Belgrave Court, Leyland, was banned from driving for six months after he was found guilty of driving without a licence or insurance, and must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Gary Wilson, 41, of Dunkirk Avenue, Carnforth, was banned from driving for six months after he was found guilty of driving without a licence or insurance, and must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs.