Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 15:17:53
Filed under: Crime
Andrew Smith, aged 40, was seen by witnesses trying to get into the wrong house on Huntsfield Close, after trying to visit a friend's property.
Halton Magistrates Court heard on Friday how Smith was seen 'swerving all over the motorway' on the M6, between Knutsford and Warrington, at 3.55pm on November 22, last year.
Beverley Dobson, prosecuting, said a later call notified police of an abandoned vehicle on Huntsfield Close. Empty wine bottles were found in the passenger seat of Smith's BMW 320.
After being arrested, the court heard the defendant told officers at Cheshire Police he was driving from Somerset when he stopped at services near Birmingham.
"He said he couldn't remember anything after that because of the level of intoxication," said Ms Dobson. He can't remember anything until completing the breath test while in custody. He didn't give any reason as to why he had been drinking so much."
When Smith, of Gatekeeper Fold, Waterloo, Ashton-under-Lyne, took the breath test, it gave a reading of 167 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
The father-of-two, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on December 11, last year. Smith, who has held an experienced managerial position for 16 years, admitted to having a drink problem.
The court heard the defendant has started an alcohol treatment programme, and that he is 'mortified', but could not explain driving at least 80 miles when drunk.
And Smith could not say how much he had to drink, or when he drank it. Magistrates said it was 'rare' to see a drink driving case where the alcohol limit was so high, and that it was 'fortunate' no harm was caused.
Smith was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 250 hours unpaid work. The defendant was also banned from driving for three years.
Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 at 08:55:40
Filed under: Lymm, Crime
A rogue trader carried out unauthorised work in a pensioner's garden in Lymm before demanding £600.
Salus Evergreen Jones, aged 35, of Two Acre Park, Walton, has been successfully prosecuted by Warrington Trading Standards.
Warrington Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday how Jones visited the 75-year-old man's home in Lymm on March 17 this year when he worked on trees and 'pressured' the victim iot handing over a cheque for £600.
The defendant returned a week later, and claimed to have carried out more work, but was told to leave. Jones provided false contact details to the victim.
Following a report from a concerned resident, the incidents were investigated by Trading Standards. Officers were able to trace the cheque written by the victim to identify and locate Jones.
A refund of £600 was ordered, and a fine and costs of £820 was imposed by magistrates. Jones has been recalled to prison as he was on licence at the time of the offence.
Following the hearing, Peter Astley, assistant director for regulation and public protection at the council, said: “Traders who use aggressive practices prey on the vulnerable will not be tolerated in Warrington and we will do whatever we can to curb this despicable crime."
Tags: roguem, trader
Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 at 10:36:32
Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Crime
A con woman who stole £20,000 from Lymm children's football team has been jailed after trying to get job as teacher. A fraudster who ripped off a junior football team in Lymm has been jailed after forging a security check to try and get a job in education.
Sheryl Ingham - also known as Cheryl Lee - attempted to change a letter that alerted recruiters at a teaching agency in Leeds to a criminal conviction.
That conviction related to an appearance at Warrington Crown Court in September last year, when Ingham admitted stealing more than £21,969.55 from Lymm Piranhas Junior Football Club. As voluntary treasurer, the defendant paid 29 cheques from the club into her own bank account.
Ingham, then using the surname Lee, was given a prison sentence of 16 months, suspended for two years, by Judge Nicholas Woodward. Despite the conviction, Ingham, aged 39, of Suffield Road, Gildersome, tried to gain employment with Celsian Education, in May this year.
Subsequent checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly known as a CRB check - flagged up Ingham was subject to a suspended sentence. A certificate confirming the security alert was sent by the DBS to Ingham, who was obliged to present it to the prospective employer.
However, West Yorkshire Police confirmed she tried to doctor the certificate, and continued trying to gain a job working with children. The defendant eventually handed herself into police on July 4 after the forgery was discovered. Ms Ingham was jailed for 16 months at Leeds Crown Court on September 2, this year. She pleaded guilty to the use of a false instrument with intent to be accepted as genuine.
Article Courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.
Tags: jail, con, football
Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 at 15:23:53
Filed under: Announcements, Appeals for Information, Crime
A Doctor from Lymm has been arrested in a police probe on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images.
David McMaster, aged 49, is a GP at Quayside Medical Practice in Failsworth, Manchester. He was arrested by police and bailed while the investigation continues. Mr McMaster has also been suspended from working as a GP following the arrest.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Following an investigation a 49-year-old man from Lymm was arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images.
"He has since been bailed. Enquiries are continuing."
A spokesman for the General Medical Council said Mr McMaster can longer practise as a GP, while he is under police investigation.
NHS England in Greater Manchester has confirmed it is aware of the arrest. It said it was working with Quayside Medical Practice to ensure services for patients are not affected.
According to the practice website, the experienced doctor has been a GP for 25 years.
Mr McMaster has also held a senior position as a board member of the Clinical Commissioning Group for Oldham. He joined as clinical director of urgent care, although it is believed he no longer acts in the role.
Well thought of in the profession, Mr McMaster was a 'health leader', helping form the strategy of Oldham's health services while on the CCG board.
The Warrington resident was charged with planning services including accident and emergency, ambulance and out of hours care. As a result, the suspect spent time observing in A and E hospital departments. And Mr McMaster was responsible for ensuring local people got the best service.
While a GP in Oldham, he worked alongside medical students to offer support and guidance.
Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.
Tags: doctor, arrested, crime
Posted by Neil on Friday, 14 March 2014 at 10:49:31
Filed under: Announcements, Lymm, Awards, General
Lymm has been named in the list of the top places to live in Britain.
In the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain, Lymm is one of the places to be named in the list which contains 101 great cities, towns and villages. Only 10 north west locations are listed.
Clr Ian Marks (LYMM - LD) said he was delighted that Lymm and Warrington had been chosen.
Active Village Community
"My wife Pam and I have lived here for over 40 years and we have no regrets about choosing Lymm for our home. We are blessed with a very attractive village centre and an environment with plenty of excellent walks and places to see. We have first class communications with motorways, railway stations and airports not to mention canals within easy distance. We are fortunate in having a very active village community with many highly successful annual events and festivals and voluntary organisations to cater for all tastes."
The guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance as well as the local knowledge from Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top 101 best locations to make your home.
The places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.