IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
Eighteen-year-old Thomas Chell, of Chetwynd Drive, Bentilee, is to be committed to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on April 29 after pleading not guilty to dangerous driving at Bentilee on December 10. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre granted him unconditional bail.
James Gilman, aged 56, of Poole Street, Fenton, has pleaded guilty to producing cannabis at Fenton on February 8. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned sentencing for reports and granted him bail until March 19.
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Peter Whittle, aged 48, of Franklin Street, Hanley, will stand trial after pleading not guilty to common assault on David Hubble on February 18. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre granted him conditional bail until April 8.
David King, aged 21, of Hope Street, Hanley, is charged with stealing a pair of Chino trousers worth £10 from Primark, Hanley. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case due to the defendant's ill health. King is now due to appear before the court again on March 11.
Simon Pratt, aged 47, of Portland Street, Hanley, has pleaded not guilty to doing an act which he was prohibited from doing under the terms of a Sex Offender Prevention Order on January 5 and possessing a computer at Shelton between December 30 and January 4, which he was banned from doing under the same order. He will be back before North Staffordshire Justice Centre on March 14. Magistrates granted him conditional bail.
Alcoholic Michael Bailey, aged 30, of Hope Street, Hanley, was fined £35 with a £20 victim surcharge at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after he admitted being drunk and disorderly in Vale Street, Stoke, on February 18.
A drink-driver left his bumper and registration plate at the scene of a crash after he collided with a barrier on the M6 at Keele, a court heard. John Brown's vehicle was later traced to Keele services. The 22-year-old, of Butterfly Walk, Coventry, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He gave a reading of 58 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath against a legal limit of 35 micrograms. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre banned him from the roads for 16 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling £371.
Drink-driver Martin Whitehurst has been banned from the roads for 26 months and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work. The 27-year-old gave a reading of 115 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath against a legal limit of 35 micrograms when he was stopped at Longton on February 17. Whitehurst, of Hillcot Walk, Longton, also admitted criminal damage to a window and was told to pay £250 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Provisional licence holder Gavin Munro was nearly twice the drink-drive limit when police stopped his car late at night. The 25-year-old, of Station Road, Newchapel, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on February 19. He gave a reading of 62 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath against a legal limit of 35 micrograms. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre banned him from the roads for 19 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs of £330
Normacot Residents' Association is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at the Queensberry Centre, in Queensberry Road, Normacot. It will start from 6.30pm and everyone is welcome to go along and discuss any issues. Police and local councillors have been invited.
A 28-year-old man has been sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of offences including false imprisonment. David Knapper, of St Anthony's Court, Boothen Green, Stoke, is charged with falsely imprisoning Kayleigh Foulkes against her will between January 17 and February 23, intentionally controlling the activities of another person in relation to her prostitution for, or in expectation of, making a gain for himself between January 22 and February 23 and assaulting Kayleigh Foulkes occasioning her actual bodily harm on February 15. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre granted the defendant conditional bail.
Robert Darby, aged 65, of Vale Street, Stoke, has denied a charge of being drunk and disorderly in Hope Street, Hanley, on February 17. He was given a conditional discharge until his trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 12.
A warrant without bail was issued at North Staffordshire Justice Centre for 38-year-old Shane Trigg, of Athelston Street, Tunstall, who is accused of stealing meat worth £100 from the Co-op, Milton, on February 17.