See who’s been in court this week - and why.
A number of people have each been fined £600 after failing to give information to police about a driver alleged to have committed an offence. The separate cases of Brendan Richard Creeney, 50, from Pintail Close, Leyland; Gemma Jane Govan, 35, from Robin Hey, Leyland; Frank William Duckworth, 79, from Westhead Road, Croston; and James Rankin, 37, from Hawkshead Avenue, Euxton were all proved in their absence. Six points were added to each of their driving licences. They were also each made to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.
A 21-year-old must pay up more than £470 after admitting to damaging a chest of drawers and an internal security door belonging to Chorley’s Cotsworld House. Callum Anthony Taylor, from St Christine’s Avenue, Farington, has to pay compensation of £262, a victim surcharge of £60, and a criminal courts charge of £150. A community order was also made, meaning he must attend appointments with an officer for 10 days.
A man has pleaded guilty to driving on the motorway whilst under the influence of alcohol. Michael Sean Prescott, 23, from Crown Street, Farington, has been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 17 months. He was also fined £250, and ordered to pay a £25 victim surcharge, and costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. His driving ban will be reduced by 17 weeks if he completes a course by June next year.
A woman who stole almost £60 worth of Cow and Gate baby milk from Morrisons in Leyland is now banned from entering the supermarket for eight weeks. Carol Gibbons, 36, from Hough Lane, Leyland, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft. She must pay compensation of £16.90, a victim surcharge of £60, court costs of £85, and a criminal courts charge of £150.
A motorcyclist has been slapped with a £325 fine after he was found driving in Stanifield Lane, Farington, when the rear braking system of the bike was not maintained in good and efficient working order. Daniel Higham, 23, from Orchard Street, Leyland, also pleaded guilty to driving without the relevant insurance. He must also pay a £33 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He also saw six points added to his licence.
A Chorley woman has been ordered to carry out 80 hours’ unpaid work in the community, after claiming benefits she wasn’t entitled to. Claire Smith, 46, of Kingsley Drive, continued to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit after she secured paid employment. She pleaded guilty, and was also made to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.