WOMAN FACES ARSON CHARGES: A woman faced arson allegations at Wirral Magistrates' Court.

Deborah Fay Williamson, 48, of Old Chester Road, Bebington, was sent for trial at the Crown Court.

She was remanded in custody to appear before a judge on February 24 next year.

She is charged with causing damage by fire to a value of £12,154 to property at Birchview Way, Birkenhead, in June intending to destroy or damage the property and intending to endanger the life of a person.

The second charge alleges she was reckless as to whether property would be damaged and the life of another would be an endangered.


CANNABIS FINE: Fines totalling £70 plus payment of £65 costs were imposed on a 34-year-old Birkenhead man by magistrates.

Thomas Anthony O’Neill, of Clover Drive, admitted unlawful possession of cannabis and also causing damage to a window at Clover Drive.

Magistrates did not order any compensation to be paid for the damage caused.


COCAINE POSSESSION CHARGES: Charles William Fowler, 54, of Aspinall Street, Birkenhead, was sent for Crown Court trial by magistrates.

He faces two charges of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

He was bailed to face a judge for a preliminary hearing on December 7.


ATTEMPTED TO STEAL TOYS: Wirral Magistrates told a mother they would take a chance and grant her a 12-month conditional discharge.

Carrie Ann Jones, 40, of Norman Street, Birkenhead, admitted attempting to steal toys from Home and Bargain at Moreton.

She was said to have a number of previous convictions. Jones had to contribute £85 court costs.


FALSE LICENCE ALLEGATION: Graham Anthony Patten, 49, of Dale Avenue, Bromborough, was sent for Crown Court trial by magistrates.

He is charged that with intent to pervert the course of justice, he used false details to obtain a provisional driving licence which he used to try to avoid an endorsement on his licence between July, 1996 and February, 2010.

The matter is only triable at the higher court and he was bailed to face a judge next March.


SEARCH REVEALED DRUGS: Drugs were found in a bedroom when police searched a Birkenhead address.

David Stott, 40, of Bentinck Street, admitted unlawful possession of cocaine and amphetamine when he appeared before Magistrates.

He said the cocaine, which cost him £80, was for the weekend. The amphetamine, for which he paid £250, would last him a couple of months.

Stott was bailed for reports with a view to a community penalty being imposed.


DRUNKENESS WAS COSTLY: Drunkeness proved extremely costly for a 31-year-old man.

Aaron Stefan Wilson, 31, of Gilbrooke Square, Birkenhead, admitted being drunk and disorderly at Charing Cross in October.

Magistrates heard he was in breach of a £200 bind- over imposed earlier.

They ordered the full £200 be paid. Wilson was fined £50 on the latest matter and also had to contribute £100 costs, making £350 in all.

“It has proved astronomically expensive for you”, said the chairman to Wilson.


ASSAULT VICTIM ARRESTED: An assault victim was abusive to police and finished up being arrested, Magistrates heard.

Luke Richard Brown, 19, of Henthorne Street, Birkenhead, admitted being drunk and disorderly in Oliver Street East, Birkenhead.

Laura Flynn, defending, said police were called to the scene of the assault but when they arrived, Brown was the only one left. He was upset and re-acted.

Brown was fined £85 plus £100 costs.


AMNESIA NO EXCUSE: A teenager who had drank alcohol could not remember an assault at Heswall, defence solicitor Simon Simmonds told Magistrates.

Ross John Hartley, 19, of Sparks Lane, Heswall, admitted assault by beating in Brimstage Road in October. The complainant was head-butted.

Magistrates told Hartley lack of recollection of the incident was no excuse.

Hartley was ordered to serve 120 hours of unpaid work. He had to pay £120 compensation to his victim and £85 court costs.


MINI-CANNABIS FACTORY: Police discovered a mini-cannabis factory when they visited a Wallasey house, magistrates heard.

Christopher Gunning, 31, of Chelsea Plaza, New Brighton, admitted producing cannabis at Hothfield Road, Wallasey, where he was staying in May.

Marvin Christopher Hillaire, 27, of Harcourt Avenue, Wallasey, who accepted he helped Gunning, admitted being concerned in the production of cannabis and also possession of the controlled drug.

Both accused were bailed for reports with a view to a high-level community penalty being imposed.


BARMAN CRASHED MUM'S CAR: A barman who crashed his mother’s car into a neighbour’s vehicle was found to have drank three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit.

Daniel Joseph Kinnear, 24, of Allerton Road, Wallasey, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Wirral Magistrates' Court.

He said he went to a pub to watch football and had drank six pints. He was walking home when he realised his mother might require her vehicle the next day, so he drove.

Magistrates said it was a very high reading and Kinnear should have known better as he worked in the drinks trade.

Kinnear was bailed for reports with a view to a high- level community penalty.

An interim driving ban was imposed.