IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
A Romanian was among a gang of men who got into a scrap metal yard at Cheadle and attempted to steal property worth between £15,000 and £20,000, a court heard. Ion Serban was the only one of the six to eight strong group who had been caught, Guy Rowden prosecuting told North Staffordshire Justice Centre. He said Serban had made a basic admission to being involved in the theft at Hartleys scrap metal merchants in Cheadle, on July 19. Sentence was adjourned until January 30 and Serban, aged 23, of Grasmere Road, Birmingham, who admitted attempted theft, was bailed.
A woman accused of harrasment must wait longer to hear her fate. North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case of Leanne Reilly, aged 20, of Tape Street, Cheadle, until January 15. She faces a charge of harassment in Cheadle on December 1.
Ian Gibson, aged 25, of Dogcroft Road, Chell Heath, will be sentenced at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on January 22 following guilty pleas being entered by his solicitor Gary Corbett to offences of aggravated vehicle taking at Tunstall, on December 22, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
A 12-month conditional discharge was imposed on Paul Proudlove after he pleaded guilty to causing £1,551 damage to a car at Leek on November 17 during an incident where he was swinging a small wheelie bin about. Proudlove, aged 20, of Whitemore, Congleton, was ordered to pay the compensation with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Sharon Walker, aged 45, has pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud. Walker, of Ashworth Street, Fenton, pleaded guilty to abusing her position as a financial administrator at Acres Nook Care Home, Kidsgrove, between June 2009 and November 2010. She will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after a report is prepared on her by a probation officer. Her unconditional bail was extended.
The Crown Prosecution Service at North Staffordshire Justice Centre have been granted a warrant without bail for a 51-year-old who failed to turn up to court to be committed to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of offences of affray and burglary. Joseph Makula, now of Birdwell Road, Sheffield, is accused of stealing jewellery worth £530 in Hartshill.
Committal to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court has taken place at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in the case of Ryan Pritchard, aged 18, of Fallowfield, Longton. He is accused of a burglary between September 15 and September 17 at Blurton, in which items were stolen including a lap top and a drill. The defendant will appear at the crown court on February 4 and has indicated a not guilty plea. He was granted bail.
Drunken Michael McGuinness stole a Piaggio Skipper motor cycle which he saw outside a house with the keys in it. McGuinness was seen wheeling the machine away and after police arrived at the scene, he knocked on their car window and said he had taken it. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre gave him a conditional discharge for 18 months with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after he admitted stealing the £800 motor cycle on December.
Police are appealing for information after a vehicle was damaged in Uttoxeter. Between 9pm on Saturday, December 22 and 9am on Sunday December 23, an offender approached the black Vauxhall Zafira on Mosley Drive used a sharp instrument, possibly a key, to scratch the vehicle across the full length of the its front offside wing, causing considerable damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Josie Shepherd at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 257 of December 24, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.