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A DRUG addict who robbed a college lecturer at knifepoint has been jailed.

Craig Gilroy, 23, of Ribble Road, central Blackpool, took cash, an iPhone and food from his victim when he pounced on the man in an alleyway at the back of a mini market on Palatine Road.

The thug pleaded guilty to robbery at Preston Crown Court yesterday, and was jailed for two years and eight months.

Louise Whaites, prosecuting, said Gilroy approached his victim on November 3 and was holding a glinting eight inch bladed knife by his waist.

Gilroy demanded money, but the lecturer, who was walking home from Blackpool and the Fylde College university campus on Palatine Road, said he did not have any.

Miss Whaites told the court: “The defendant pushed him against the alleyway wall, raised the hand holding the knife and held it to his neck and again requested money.”

The man gave him £10 cash and went on to give him his iPhone, worth £495, and a bag of food.

He waited in the alley until Gilroy had rejoined two other men and moved away from the area, and became extremely distressed when he arrived home.

Gilroy, who was wearing a hooded top at the time, with a scarf up to his nose, later sold the mobile for £20 and bought two bags of heroin.

The thief, who has 65 previous offences on his record, told his partner he had “jacked some guy”, but denied the offence when questioned by police.

Paul Humphries, defending, said his client accepted using the knife to threaten, but denied any intent to use it to cause harm. He also denied threatening to kill the man if he went to the police.

Mr Humphries said: “He tells me he is very sorry. He understands the pain and misery he has caused the male and his family.

“He wishes he could turn the clock back. He was at a low point in his life.

“There was also a food shortage in the house.”

Gilroy had also been on a methadone programme but was not attending at the time.

Judge Philip Butler said: “It must have been a terrifying experience for the man.

“That he suffered no physical injury is very little mitigation because one can imagine the psychological effect”.

From 2011

Blackpool Gazette

A thief who was short of money in the run up to Christmas targeted the same shop two days running.

Craig Gilroy, 30, of George Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £47 compensation with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Gilroy was detained at the B and M Bargains store, Whitegate Drive, on December 23 at noon, after stealing three jars of coffee valued at £14.

CCTV showed he had been in the shop the day before and taken four bottles of liqueur worth £47.

He had a record of 29 previous offences of theft and similar matters and at the time of the offence was on post prison sentence supervision.

Howard Green, defending, said in the run up to Christmas his client was short of money and decided to steal to get some. Gilroy, who had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, was estranged from his family.

He had no permanent accommodation but was allowed to sleep at the address he had given.

He had also missed appointments with the probation service on his post prison sentence supervision.

Blackpool Gazette

A prisoner apologised after making loud banging noises from his cell under Blackpool Magistrates’ Court which could be heard in the courtrooms.

Craig Gilroy, 30, of Chesterfield Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

He was sentenced to a six months community order with up to 15 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, banned from entering Marks and Spencer, Church Street, for six months and ordered to pay £35 compensation with £85 costs plus £85 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said Gilroy took a woman’s jacket worth £35 from Marks and Spencer on September 16 at 10.15am.

He was chased but got away.

At midday security officers spotted him and when he was apprehended Gilroy was found to have five jackets valued at £175 from Marks and Spencer which he had stolen just minutes earlier.

Gilroy at the time of the thefts was on licence from prison.

He had a criminal record of 99 previous offences.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client had stolen from Marks and Spencer because his benefits had not yet been in place and he had been using Spice.

Blackpool Gazette

Jack Renshaw, 23, of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, bought a Gladius Machete to kill Rosie Cooper last summer

Jack Renshaw has admitted plotting to kill the MP

Jack Renshaw has admitted plotting to kill the MP

An alleged National Action member has admitted plotting to murder an MP.

Jack Renshaw, 23, of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, bought a Gladius Machete to kill Rosie Cooper last summer.

On the opening day of his trial, Renshaw pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism as well as making a threat to kill police officer Victoria Henderson.

Judge Mr Justice Jay directed the jury to deliver a formal guilty verdict on the first two charges Renshaw faces.

He is on trial alongside Christopher Lythgoe, 32, from Warrington, who denies giving Renshaw permission to murder the West Lancashire MP on behalf of National Action on July 1 last year.

Renshaw admitted plotting to kill MP Rosie Cooper

Renshaw admitted plotting to kill MP Rosie Cooper

The pair, along with Garron Helm, 24, of Seaforth, Merseyside, Matthew Hankinson, 24, of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, Andrew Clarke, 33, and Michal Trubini, 35, both of Warrington, also deny membership of the banned far right group.

The case continues in court.

 Court sketch of the accused sat in the Old Bailey (Image: Julia Quenzler / SWNS.com)

Court sketch of the accused sat in the Old Bailey (Image: Julia Quenzler / SWNS.com)

Daily Mirror

A self-confessed Nazi who called for the genocide of Jewish people has been jailed for three years.

The 22-year-old Lancashire man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty in January of two counts of stirring up racial hatred.

Preston Crown Court heard he committed the offences in speeches at far-right gatherings in 2015 and 2016.

Judge Robert Altham said the defendant’s comment had been “intended to mobilise others”.

He said the intent of the man, who was involved with the now banned group National Action, was “clear”.

Judge Altham said: “He seeks to raise street armies, perpetrate violence against Jewish people and ultimately bring about genocide.”

He said they were “not idle comments said in the heat of the moment” and he was “resolute in his original views and withdraws nothing”.

‘Shocking and inflammatory’

The judge described an apology submitted in mitigation as “meaningless” at best, and “dishonest” at worst.

He sentenced him to 18 months in prison for each offence, to be served consecutively.

The court heard the defendant had described Jewish people as “parasites” and called for them to be “eradicated” at an event in Yorkshire.

At another demonstration he claimed Britain “took the wrong side” in World War Two.

The court heard the defendant also said: “You can call me a Nazi, you can call me a fascist, that’s what I am.”

Judge Altham said material discovered by police at his home was “as shocking and inflammatory as it is misguided”.

Wayne Jackson, defending, said his client was not making excuses for his behaviour and had been “impressionable in the past”.
BBC News

A nightmare neighbour harassed a couple by playing songs non-stop and intimidating them with a pottery figure of a fat woman.

Ex-chippie owner and former BNP candidate Barry Carr tormented neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lived, a court was told.

Pensioner Barry Carr moved around the figurine of a reclining fat lady to target the woman who lives next, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Jennifer Anderson said Carr chose the ornament to taunt her because it looks like her.

Carr moved the three-inch pottery figure – and other ornaments – in a bizarre 18-month campaign so that every time she went to and from her home she saw it.

A court was told that Carr believed his neighbours envied his wealth and that is why they object to his choice of the song, Will Young’s Jealousy, which he played around the clock.

Mrs Anderson said: “This man has tormented me…he knows that figurine looks like me.”

Carr, 66, also put up model skulls around the outside of his home on Rossall Gate, Fleetwood, which has 19 security cameras, including some with night vision.

He used the cameras to film Miss Anderson and her partner, bodyguard David Smith, every day of the year.

Carr also upset the couple by pointing a false camera with a red flashing light into their kitchen. He also played the song Jealousy and Strange Lady About Town by Frankie Laine on a loop. The court heard the songs had lyrics designed to torment Miss Anderson.

Carr also put up a 20ft flagpole on which he placed a large picture of Mr Smith and littered his garden with ornaments such as chattering false teeth and a large owl on his chimney with a camera in it.

None had been there before the complainants had moved in.

He also put a bow tie on a skull fastened to a door which could be seen by the couple when they left their property.

They felt this was part of his campaign because Mr Smith would often wear a dinner suit and bow tie when he worked at night.

The couple decided to try to block out Carr’s view of their home and cut down the vision of his battery of cameras by raising the fence between their homes by 6ft.

However Carr then fastened the ornaments and a poster of Mr Smith to his fascia boards so they were still visible, the court was told.

When police asked him to remove the picture on his flagpole, Carr refused.

Sarah Perkins, prosecuting, said all was well when the couple moved in next to Carr.

She said: “His behaviour has become worrying, strange and obsessive. It has caused alarm and distress. They are a working couple and want to go to and from their work without being filmed.”

Miss Anderson told the hearing: “We moved in five years ago. The first six months were OK and we exchanged Christmas cards. Then we started to distance ourselves from him and realised he was filming us day in day out 365 days a year.

“The next thing is that a figurine of a fat lady in a blue stripy dress like one I wear has been put on his window sill looking at me all the time.

“On the advice of police I kept a diary every day of times and events.

“The music was so bad I could not go into the garden during the summer. I was getting scared to leave home.”

Mr Smith admitted in evidence that he got so sick and tired of one of Carr’s cameras pointing down their drive that he tried to adjust it by using a long handled brush.

He also admitted losing his temper with Carr.

He said: “He kept goading me saying I wasn’t a man and that my partner was fat and ugly,

“I am a former member of the Royal Protection Squad and can keep my nerve.

“But I did go up his drive a little and shoved him. I had had enough.

“He told me that because we rent our property is was bringing the neighbourhood down.

“He tried games like putting a bundle of £10 notes in a bush near our garden. Like he was trying to tempt us to take the money and he would have it on film.”

Carr, who stood for the BNP in Fleetwood West in 2009, told the magistrates: “I was being called a Neighbour from Hell – a nightmare. I only have the cameras for my own protection.

“I could not believe it when two police officers turned up at my home and said they were investigating the positioning of a figurine of a fat lady following a complaint.”

Steven Townley, defending, said: “Some pathetic incidents have been magnified beyond belief. My client has been picked on because he lives alone and has never been married. How on earth police have got involved is a mystery. Allegations have been flying round like confetti.”

THE DETAILS

Carr was found guilty after a two day trial of a charge that between 2016 and 2017 he harassed the named couple by the display and position of garden ornaments, watching them on CCTV, playing the same songs repeatedly and on occasion following Miss Anderson and taking a picture of her as she walked her dog.

Bench chairman David Hearton told Carr: “Some of these issues may seem trivial individually but together they become much more serious.”

“It was like the dripping tap syndrome – time after time after time causing stress and distress.”

Carr was given a 10 week jail term suspended for a year. He must pay his victims £200 each compensation and £900 court costs.

He must not communicate with his neighbours ,not display photos of them and not have any camera pointing at the front of their home.

fter the case, Carr said “I do not feel justice has been done and I will appeal.”

Mr Smith said:”It has been a long process and we are happy with the outcome.”
Blackpool Gazette

Jack Hart has been banned after trouble at the European Championships last summer (Picture: Facebook/Jack Hart)

Jack Hart has been banned after trouble at the European Championships last summer (Picture: Facebook/Jack Hart)

A football hooligan caught on camera hurling glass bottles at rival fans at the European Championships last summer has received the maximum banning order the law can impose.

Jack Hart is now not allowed to attend any match at any level in the UK or abroad for the next five years after he was caught up in trouble at the European Championships in France last summer.

The 26-year-old has also been barred from going in Blackpool and Fleetwood town centres on home match days. Hart, of Bramley Avenue in Fleetwood, must also surrender his passport to police within the next five days after Blackpool magistrates imposed the order yesterday morning.

When approached by The Gazette for a comment yesterday, Bolton fan Hart swore and said: “Russians attacking us and it’s the English that get banned. This country and its justice system is a joke. No back bone.”

The court heard how Hart, who had been subject of a similar order from 2010 to 2014, was identified from video filmed by undercover officers at Euro 2016 in France. He was seen throwing bottles as part of violence that led local police to tear gas England fans, and was charged under the Football Spectators Act 1989 for his part in the disorder.

Prosecuting for the police, Luke McGrath said the identification process had taken some time, while there had also been a lengthy liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Hart, who did not oppose the order or say anything during the hearing, must also stay away from Fleetwood’s Highbury stadium on match days, and cannot follow the team when they play away.

He must also tell police of any change of address, the court ruled. “Hart has to surrender his passport by reporting to Fleetwood police station within five days,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

The ban on match days is in place three hours before and three hours after a game, the spokesman confirmed said.

He added: “This order will be circulated to local officers and the club, and Hart could be reported for any breaches.”

Sickening clashes between rival fans took place on three consecutive nights in Marseille, ahead of the England versus Russia game, while fighting also broke out inside the Stade Velodrome after the referee brought the match to an end at 1-1 on Saturday, June 11. A number of Russian fans were arrested and detained following the violence, while a number of English fans were also jailed, deported, and banned from France.

Blackpool Gazette

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