HANLEY: A man with 97 convictions has pleaded guilty to three thefts. Wayne Smith, aged 47, of Perry Close, Hanley, admitted theft of perfume valued £87 from Debenhams, Hanley, on December 10, theft of perfume valued £106 from the same shop on December 11 and theft of perfume valued £39.88 from B&M, Hanley, on December 18. He was also in breach of a conditional discharge imposed on November 12. Smith will be sentenced on January 10.
LEEK: Pensioner David Mathias has indicated he will plead guilty to a number of sex offences when he appears at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on February 15.
The 68-year-old, of Union Street, Leek, is accused of seven matters of sexual touching between 2004 and 2008 and twos offences of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was unconditionally bailed by magistrates at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
LONGTON: Joseph Randall, aged 33, of Dale Side, Buxton, is accused of assaulting Clare Scally, common assault on Miss Scally, criminal damage to a door and damaging a door lock all on December 3. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until January 16.
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LEE MARTIN: Four articles of March 6, March 8, April 8 and May 10 reported that Mr Lee Martin was 'banned' from entering a public park after selling food 'illegally'. We have been asked to make clear that in fact it had not been established in court that Mr Martin had acted unlawfully and the court did not impose a ban on him entering the park. Mr Martin gave a voluntary undertaking on May 10 following a court appearance that he would not distribute food within the park until May 2013. We apologise for any confusion.