SHOPLIFTER FINED: A 37-year-old man detained for shoplifting handed over to security staff a knife blade which he said he used to cut off security tags, prosecutor Stephen McPeake told Wirral Magistrates.

Peter Lee McDonough, of Whetsone Lane, Birkenhead, admitted theft of a wireless controller worth £45 from HMV at the Pyramids, Birkenhead.

Mr McPeake said at the time of his arrest it was discovered McDonough was wanted for theft from TJ Hughes three days earlier.

He admitted stealing a gift set which he said he sold for £5.

McDonough told police he intended to sell the wireless controller to help pay off debts. He was fined £65 plus £100 costs and had to pay £12 compensation for the gift set.


REMANDED ON BAIL: Joseph Mezen, 19, of Penkett Road, Liscard, was remanded on bail for two weeks by Wirral Magistrates to fix a trial date.

He admitted unlawful possession of cannabis but denied a second allegation of possession of four packages of cocaine.

He will be sentenced on the guilty plea after the trial.


THREAT CHARGE DENIED: Dennis Frederick Rich, 39, of Foxhey Road, Wallasey, was remanded on conditional bail until February 22 for trial by Wirral Magistrates.

He denied using threatening words and behaviour to cause distress at Brighton Street, Wallasey, in December.

He must keep away from the complainant as a condition of bail.


DRUNK AND DISORDERLY: A 27-year-old man who intervened when his partner was being questioned by police finished up being arrested himself, Wirral Magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Stephen McPeake said Adrian Paul Taylor was abusive and threatening and refused to behave despite warnings. Eventually CS spray was used to help detain him.

Taylor, 27, of Parkside Road, Birkenhead, admitted being drunk and disorderly in Victoria Road, Wallasey.

It was claimed he was frustrated at the time because of the police involvement with his partner.

He was fined £35 and had to pay £100 costs.


DRINK-DRIVE BAN: A newspaper delivery driver who drank whisky to get to sleep was later detained by police as he drove to his daughter's home for tea, Wirral Magistrates were told.

Alfred Anthony Town, 58, of Cleveland Street, Birkenhead, admitted drink-driving. A breath test showed more than double the permitted level.

He had a previous similar conviction and the court was told his job would go because of the latest ban.

He was disqualified from driving for three years and was fined £350 plus £100 costs.


SEX CHARGE: Mark Boyle, 52, of Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, faced Wirral Magistrates charged with sexually touching a woman without consent at Leasowe in December.

He was bailed to a later date at the request of his solicitor.


CONCEALED CANNABIS: The attitude of a teenager stopped by police suggested he was concealing something and cannabis was recovered, prosecutor Steve McPeake told Magistrates.

Philip Byrne, 19, of Parkside Road, Bebington, admitted unlawful possession of a Class B controlled drug which he said he bought for £20.

He was fined £65 and had to pay £100 costs.


ACCUSED IN JAIL: Magistrates put off two allegations of shoplifting against a Rock Ferry woman for three weeks for further inquiries.

They were told Jacqueline Craven, 43, of Rock Lane West, was presently serving a prison sentence and had not been produced at court.


SEX PLAN ALLEGATION: Two men charged under the Sexual Offences Act were bailed for two weeks by Wirral Magistrates at the defence request.

Mark James Fagan, 28, of Village Road, Bebington, but who said he was now staying at Wavertree, along with Christopher Telling, 35, from St Helens, are charged with arranging to meet a 14-year-old girl intending having sexual intercourse with her.

Telling also faces an allegation of making an indecent pseudo-photograph of a child.


DRUGS ACCUSATIONS: Two men charged with drugs allegations were denied summary trial by Wirral Magistrates.

Michael John Fullalove, 22, of Newport Close, and Sean Goulding, 22, of Anthorn Close, both Birkenhead, were bailed for eight weeks for committal proceedings.

Fullalove is charged with possession of 52 grammes of cocaine with intent to supply at Anthorn Close in September.

Goulding is charged with knowingly permitting his premises to be used for the supply of cocaine and also being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug.

Fullalove pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis found at his home address. Magistrates accepted summary trial on this matter and fined him £65 plus £15 costs.