News in brief - 18/08/14

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Apartments plan submitted

A RETROSPECTIVE application has been submitted to Preston Council to convert a city-centre premises into seven self-contained apartments.

Plans were lodged relating to a building in Church Street, and also included alterations to the front and back of the premises.

A decision is due to be made under delegated powers.

Help at hand for the over-50s

WOULD-be entrepreneurs from Lancashire are invited by Social Enterprise Solutions and The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise to start their own businesses.

The two organisations will be delivering a workshop on Thursday at Social Enterprise Solutions’ Enterprise Centre in Blackpool.

Planning meet

RESIDENTS in South Ribble are invited to take part in South Ribble Borough Council’s next Planning Committee meeting at the Civc Centre, Leyland on August 20.

The meeting will begin at 6pm.

Man wanted for non-appearance

A MAN is wanted by police for failing to appear for sentencing after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine. A warrant was issued for Abdul Khan’s arrest at Preston Crown Court in 2010.

He is believed to have property in Spain and Pakistan and has links to Preston and Chorley.

Free meals save a packet

THE new Government free school meals initiative is set to save Lancashire parents £13.5m on lunches.

There are around 33,877 children in the area aged between four and seven now eligible for free school lunches.

While free school meals are means tested for children in year 3 onwards, they are now available to all children in reception, year 1 and year 2.

Unusual plants

THE first Unusual Plant Fair set in and around the historic Great Barn at Hoghton Tower takes place on Sunday, August 24.

Parking costs £1, and there is free admission to the fair and historic walled gardens.

Separate charges will apply per person for guided tours of the house.

Building on fire

FIREFIGHTERS in Morecambe were called to a building fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A crew was called to Chatsworth Road, Morecambe, just after 3.30am.

Help the RSPCA

THE Preston and District Branch of the RSPCA is urging animal-lovers to donate plastic dog toys and pouches of kitten food to their centre at Slack Cottage, Longridge Road, Preston

Scooter issues

YOUTHS congregating with scooters and mopeds are causing a nuisance in the Anderton Crescent play area of Buckshaw Village, according to police, who have been contacted by residents.

Man charged with stalking

A MAN accused of stalking his ex girlfriend by texts has made his first appearance at court.

Shane Marden, aged 24, of Langdale Road, Lancaster, pleaded not guilty to harassing his ex at St Anne’s between July 13 and August 10 this year. Defence lawyer, John Lee, asked for bail for his client.

Marden was bailed for trial on October 30 by Blackpool magistrates. He must not contact prosecution witnesses or enter St Anne’s as conditions of his bail.

Treatment for cash thief

TIMOTHY Brian Holt, 44, of Tulketh Crescent, Ashton, Preston, must do a 15 day alcohol activity after admitting stealing a woman’s cash card and fraudulently withdrawing money.

He must have 12 months supervision and pay a £60 surcharge.

Driver fined for failing to give ID

FREDERICK William Wood, 74, of Park Lane, Wesham, near Preston, has been fined £600 and must pay a £60 surcharge and £85 after being found guilty of failing to give the identity of a driver.

No insurance leads to fine

WAYNE McQuilton, 27, of Granville Road, Morecambe, has been fined £600 and must pay a £60 surcharge and £85 after being found guilty of driving without insurance.

Man breached court order

PHILIP Kirkham, 44, of Carrfield, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, must do a three day activity after admitting breaching his community order.

In the dock

A man is to face a trial over allegations he committed sexual offences against a girl aged under 13.

Jon Edward Lee, 30, of Station Road, Kirkham, will appear at Preston Crown Court on August 19.

The three alleged offences date between November 2012 and July 2014.

A man who admits four counts of assaulting a woman has been given a two year conditional discharge.

Jonathon Murray, 42, of Warpers Moss Close, Burscough, appeared before Ormskirk Magistrates Court.

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

A man who admitted breaching a restraining order by texting a woman has been jailed for a total of 12 weeks by Preston Magistrates Court. It was the third time Steven Vincent Quinlan, 41, of Stanley Place, Preston, breached the order and it was committed in the period of a suspended sentence.

A man who tried to use his brother’s details to obtain a mobile phone contract in Preston has been given a six week sentence suspended for 12 months.

Preston Magistrates Court heard Robbie Cooke, 29, of Whitestone Court, Prescot, admitted fraud, theft and failing to surrender. He must do 150 hours unpaid work.

Adam Ryan Fishwick, 18, of St Austin’s Road, Avenham, Preston, is to be sentenced by Preston Magistrates Court after admitting assaulting a woman and destroying a coffee table. The bench heard it was a domestic violence case. He will next appear on September 23.

A man has admitted committing offences at shops in Chorley.

Artur Tolstiakon, 21, who gave his address as Stuart Road, Plymouth, appeared before Preston Magistrates Court and admitted theft of a belt, and a fraud at a self scanning till. He must pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Court snaps

A Lamb Associates in Clawthorpe, Carnforth, must pay a £400 fine, £40 surcharge and £85 costs after admitting failing to give a driver’s identity.

Irfan Ahmed, 28, of Dawson Walk, Preston, must pay a £200 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of stopping a car on a pelican crossing.

Robert Ford, 28, of West Road, Lancaster, must pay a £200 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of flouting a red light signal.

Hiten Ramniklal Lakha, 34, of Kingsway, Ashton, Preston, must pay a £200 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of driving while using a mobile phone and is banned for six months.

Dean Louis, 28, of Alexandra Road, Lancaster, must pay a £200 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of not wearing a seatbelt.

Catriona Jane Parker, 35, of Mile Stone Meadow, Euxton, Chorley, must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of failing to give a driver’s identity.

Trevor Wolstenholme, 64, of Higher Road, Longridge, must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs after being found guilty of failing to give a driver’s identity.

Katie Steele, 28, Mendip Road, Leyland, must pay a £35 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs after admitting having an expired photo card licence and driving without a seatbelt.

Darren Thomas Kenny, 28, of Dawnay Road, Ribbleton, Preston, admits possessing cannabis and was given a 12 month conditional discharge but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Jordan Darren Smith, 19, of Harrop Place, Ribbleton, Preston, admits assaulting a police officer and must pay a £150 fine, £100 compensation, and a £20 surcharge.