NORTON: A judge has refused to revoke a community order handed to a 34-year-old who admitted conspiring to defraud Royal Mail.
Jonathan Thompson, of Peascroft Road, Norton, received a 12-month community order with 100 hours unpaid work at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in June.
But the court yesterday heard he has been suffering from depression and the probation service applied for the order to be revoked, saying it was unworkable due to his health.
However, Recorder Bal Dhaliwal was not prepared to revoke the order.
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She told Thompson: "It will remain in place. I am expecting you to engage with it.
"If not, it is appropriate for the probation service to bring it back to court on the basis you have breached the order. Custody is likely to be at the forefront of the court's mind."
STOKE-ON-TRENT: A 19-year-old accused of robbery and attempted robbery has been sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to appear there on February 8.
Shane Gordon of no fixed address, is charged with robbing Danny O'Neill-Leese of a mobile phone worth £200, attempting to rob Kayleigh Pollard of a mobile phone, assaulting Danny O'Neill-Leese occasioning him actual bodily harm on January 29 and criminal damage to a police cell on January 30.
He was remanded in custody by magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
HANLEY: Communications giant Vodafone has withdrawn plans to put three 30cm diameter telecommunications dishes on the roof of Northwood Court, in Ringland Close. Northwood Court belongs to Stoke Housing Association. It is not yet clear whether a new application will be submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.