CHILD PORN ALLEGATIONS: A Wirral man faced magistrates on allegations brought under the Protection of Children Act.

Summary trial was declined for 38-year-old Nicolas Beale and he was remanded on conditional bail until May 18 for committal proceedings.

Beale, who is living at an address in Bootle, is charged with ten counts of making indecent photographs of children at Wallasey.

He faces one allegation involving 9,938 indecent photographs of children and four indecent films of children between February, 2009, and November of last year.

A bail condition specifies no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.


CHRISTMAS GBH CHARGE: Magistrates declined to deal summarily with a 24-year-old man facing a harm charge.

Michael Duffy, of Church Road, Bebington, was bailed for eight weeks for committal proceedings.

He is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm at Conway Street, Birkenhead, on Christmas Day.


BAN WAS UNKNOWN: A Birkenhead woman is to put forward special reasons to avoid further driving disqualification when she returns to Wirral Magistrates Court on April 26.

Siobhan Fowden, 38, of Prenton Village Road, Birkenhead, admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance at Birkenhead in February.

Her solicitor Anna Duke claimed the disqualification was imposed in Fowden’s absence and she knew nothing about it.


NEIGHBOUR CALLED COPS: A witness called police after a neighbour drove into his car while parking at Meols.

It led to 45-year-old Ian Thomas Jones appearing before Wirral Magistrates.

Jones, 45, of Sherwood Road, Meols, admitted drink-driving.

Prosecutor Alan Currums said slight damage was caused in the collision.

Police attended at the home of Jones and he claimed he had been in bed "for ages."

Later he said he did not realise he had hit the other car but accepted he had been drinking vodka.

John Ballam, defending, said Jones realised he faced a three-year ban because of a previous drink-driving conviction in 2004.

He said that after some delay, Jones had co-operated fully over the incident.

Magistrates did order a three-year disqualification but agreed it could be reduced by a quarter if Jones completes a special probation course offered to him.

He was fined £450 and had to pay £100 costs.


POLICE FOUND KETAMINE: A 27-year-old man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs when questioned by police admitted he had ketamine, a powerful anaesthetic, in his possession, prosecutor Richard Riley told Wirral Magistrates.

Philip Halewood-Smith, of Parkside Road, Birkenhead, admitted unlawful possession of the Class C drug and was said to be subject to a suspended prison sentence imposed at the Crown Court.

Magistrates announced a £175 fine plus £100 costs and told Halewood-Smith the latest offence would be notified to the higher court for them to determine whether to take any action.


DRUG FARM CHARGES: Two people appeared before magistrates charged with involvement in an alleged cannabis farm.

David Andrew Mason, 45, of Belvidere Road, New Brighton, and Pamela Ann Duffy, 46, of St Johns Road, Wallasey, were denied summary trial and were remanded on bail until May 18 for committal proceedings.

They are charged with unlawful possession of 1,178 grams of cannabis with intent to supply in October at Wallasey, producing a quantity of cannabis, and also dishonest use of electricity value £460.


LAPTOP TRADED IN: After obtaining a laptop on hire-purchase a Birkenhead man later traded it in at Cash Converters, magistrates were told.

Chas Shakespeare, 24, of St Anne Street, Birkenhead, admitted theft of the laptop belonging to Perfect Homes at Grange Precinct in Birkenhead and also fraud by trading in the laptop to make a gain of £200.

Magistrates imposed a three-month curfew order which means Shakespeare must remain at his home between 7pm and 7am from Tuesday to Saturday.

He had to pay £200 compensation and £45 towards costs.

Magistrates said the curfew would not apply on Sundays and Mondays when Shakespeare goes to work.


DENIED FRAUD: Gemma Louise Wade, 26, of New Chester Road, Birkenhead, was bailed for two weeks by magistrates to fix a trial date.

She denied theft of an £824 laptop belonging to Perfect Homes at Birkenhead and committing fraud by trading the item in at Cash Converters when it was subject to a hire purchase agreement.


DRUNK IN STREET: Police arrested a 40-year-old man said to have been shouting and swearing in the street.

It proved expensive for John Patrick Rice, of Claughton Road, Birkenhead.

When he faced magistrates he admitted being drunk and disorderly and was fined £50 and also had to pay £100 costs.