The courts are due to sit from 10am today.
There are seven trials, six sentences and 13 other hearings listed at the Crown Court, with a further 70 hearings before Preston Magistrates' Court.
10.17am: Adam Mohammed, 19, of Mill Race Lane, Laisterdyke, Bradford, has been led into the dock and faces a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on July 11 last year.
It is alleged serious injury was caused to his passenger, Anisah Alam, by Mohammed driving a Volkswagen Golf dangerously on the M6 motorway and Bamber Bridge.
He was being pursued by police but crashed.
10.20am: A pre sentence report has been ordered and the case has been committed to Preston Crown Court for sentence.
Mohammed will appear there on July 22.
The court was told he had driving offences on his record.
The M6 at Preston
10.26am: A shop worker for Spar has appeared in court accused of dishonestly abusing her position to gain £13,000.
Elizabeth Jean Andrews, 56, of Liverpool Road South, Burscough, entered a guilty plea to fraud by abuse of position.
It happened between January 6, 2017, and December 5, 2018, at the shop on Liverpool Road North, Burscough.
Prosecuting Alex Mann said the case involved a breach of trust.
She added the case was going to be sentenced at the Crown Court as the sentencing powers were outside magistrates' powers.
She could face 15 months in prison
Her defence lawyer said she had no previous convictions.
She was given bail until her Crown Court appearance on July 22.
10.34am: A man has admitted possessing noxious pepper spray and racially abusing someone outside a mosque in Preston.
John Smith, 50, Dawson Walk, Preston, made repeated racist comments outside the City Mosque on North Road, as well as comments about religion, prosecutor Alex Mann said.
When police arrived and searched Smith they found pepper spray on him which is now charged as a firearms offence.
The incident happened on May 24.
Smith admits two counts of using racially and religiously aggravated threatening or abusive behaviour, and possessing a noxious substance.
Defending Rob Kellock said he had not been in trouble for more than 30 years and was very remorseful for his actions.
He has been granted conditional bail not to go within 50 metres of the mosque and will appear at the Crown Court on July 22.
City Mosque, Preston
10.45am: A drink driver was allegedly found drunk in charge of a child in a Preston street.
Joby Kuzhippala Jose, 39, of Squires Wood, Fulwood, pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a child, driving when a child under three was not wearing a seatbelt, and drink driving while twice the legal limit.
The court heard it happened on June 3, while he was driving a Mercedes on Sherwood Way, Fulwood.
Prosecuting, Alex Mann said no harm had come to the child, but he had not been looked after properly during the short incident.
Kuzhippala Jose will appear before magistrates on July 11 to be sentenced.
11.09am: A man who was convicted of sexual offences against children in Georgia, USA, is facing a bid to have notification requirements and a sexual harm prevention order imposed on him while in the UK.
Andrew Skelhorn, 42, of St David's Road, Leyland, has appeared before magistrates as police made an application to the court.
11.14am: The court heard Skelhorn was convicted of arranging for a child sex offence and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child in August 2010.
Police are concerned that he is not retaining information on his electrical devices for them to check.
A District Judge made an interim notification order until his next court appearance at Burnley Magistrates' Court on August 15.
11.17am: An animal trader has admitted a string of animal welfare offences.
Bradley Tomes, 24, of Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank, Preston, admits he caused unnecessary suffering to four iguanas by a failure to seek appropriate veterinary care for injuries to their tails.
He also admitted several charges relating to an unusual array of other animals.
11.20am: Tomes admits 12 counts of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of the animals were met by providing a suitable environment.
This relates to:
- the six iguanas
- two adult Mara
- 16 peafowl
- two pelicans
- three agouti
- five porcupines
- two Jardine parrots
- a white necked raven
- a Cape parrot
- a golden pheasant
- a green winged macaw
- a green parakeet
11.25am: He also admits failing to provide the parakeet with a nutritionally balanced diet.
A district judge has adjourned Tomes' sentencing for three weeks, to July 11, for a pre sentence report.
11.30am: It is understood Tomes was an unlicensed trader and a former zoo keeper, and that some of the animals were on the CITES register.
Flipcard: What does CITES mean?
11.44am: A Fylde motorist fled the scene after he crashed his partner's car in Preston, magistrates have been told.
Gareth Leslie Nelson, 27, of Pilling Avenue, Lytham St Annes, admits driving without due care and attention, failing to report an accident, and failing to stop after an accident.
11.48am: Prosecuting, Alex Mann told the bench the grey MG car had collided with, and damaged, metal railings and brick work, on May 10.
She said: "It was at about 8.30pm when police officers came across a road traffic collision where a vehicle had collided with some fencing. The car had extensive front end damage.
"It had mounted the pavement on Leyland Road in Penwortham, opposite the nursery.
"There was nobody with the vehicle."
11.50am: The court is told police traced the registered keeper - his partner.
At first, he made a claim the car had been stolen by somebody else.
11.52am: Defending David Scully said it was a "very regrettable incident".
He added: " The defendant, having been involved in the collision, was a little dazed from it and in those moments after these events, he made a very foolish decision to leave the scene.
"If he had remained the police could have done the checks they needed to do and satisfy themselves there were no contributory factors."
He added Nelson had overtaken a vehicle but was approaching a bend, and carried on instead of going round the corner.
11.54am: The bench has retired to consider his sentence.
12.11pm: The bench has returned.
The magistrates have ordered a pre sentence report in his case and his case has been adjourned to this afternoon.
12.26pm: A man who overtook a learner driver as a cement mixer approached them, has admitted driving dangerously.
Philip Parr, 56, of Cambridge Road, Morecambe, was spotted by the driving instructor in the rear view mirror overtaking other vehicles on November 16.
It happened in an area of the A586, approaching Little Eccleston, which had solid white lines preventing overtaking, due to the risk.
12.32pm: Prosecuting, Alex Mann said the cement mixer flashed its headlight to alert Parr.
In a statement the instructor, who had to grab the wheel from the pupil to avoid a serious crash, said :"I thought there would be a major life threatening collision."
Parr's vehicle clipped the wing mirror of the learner's car and narrowly missed the cement mixer.
This was a manoeuvre that could easily have resulted in a loss of life."
12.34pm: Parr, who works as a bricklayer, told probation officials that at the time he was suffering stress for variety of reasons, including losing his wife of 22 years suddenly in 2017, and debts.
12.40pm: The bench is sentencing Parr.
He is being given 60 hours of unpaid work to do, and will be banned from driving for a year.
He has to do an extended retest before he can drive again.
He must also pay an £85 surcharge and £85 costs.
12.41pm: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Samantha Crane, who failed to appear at court to answer theft charges.
The 41-year-old, of Lancaster Road North, Preston, is accused of stealing clothes from the BHF charity shop on Orchard Street, two pairs of jeans from Foot Asylum in St George's Shopping Centre, Pokemon themed goods from Game and HMV.
She is also charged with assaulting a PC, going equipped for theft, damaging a pair of handcuffs and a police cell, and assaulting a woman.
12.43pm: A warrant has also been issued for Anthony Martin Dillon, 36, of Blue Bell Lane, Liverpool, who was due to attend court to face a charge of attempted theft of three Nike tracksuit bottoms and a Nike hooded jumper to the value of £195.98 belonging to Sports Direct.
12.55pm: The court has adjourned for lunch.
2.30pm: Gareth Leslie Nelson, 27, of Pilling Avenue, Lytham St Annes, has been brought into court and sentenced for driving offences.
He must do 70 hours of unpaid work and must pay a surcharge and £85 costs.
However, the bench has retired again to discuss whether or not he will be disqualified.
2.41pm: The bench says disqualification is not appropriate and instead imposed nine penalty points.
As he is a new driver, this in effect relegates him back to being a provisional driver - which means he has to take his practical and theory tests again.
New driver rules
2.45pm: A man accused of stealing a fish (a live one from water) has been led into the dock.
Stephen Holden, 42, of Hough Lane, Leyland, pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking or destroying a fish from water at a private address on St Catherine's Close.
He also stole a black rucksack containing items, to the value of £80 and jump leads and electrical cables, from two cars.
He faces a further charge of possessing a blade
2.49pm: The court is told the thefts occurred in the same locality, and all the items - including the fish - have been recovered.
Police officer came across Holden at 5.30pm on May 30 after a report of suspicious activity in the area.
He had a rucksack, and a bucket was found nearby containing a small Koi carp.
Prosecuting, Alex Mann said police tried to 'repatriate' the fish by knocking on various addresses on St Catherine's Close.
2.53pm: They found the owner, and the fish was put back in their garden pond.
It belonged to a retired man, who had noticed the fish net and bucket was out of place when he went to feed the fish.
Police showed him a picture of the bronze carp, worth £60, and he identified it.
The unlucky thief also hadn't realised that the rucksack he had stolen was full of bodylifting weights.
2.54pm: Defending, James Ball said he was on licence as a result of a conviction from 2011.
He was handed a nine-year sentence after being found guilty of five counts of sexual activity with a 13-year-old child.
Mr Ball said he suffered with mental health problems and on May 30 had no benefits.
2.57pm: Addressing Holden's possession of a Stanley knife, Mr Ball added: "The explanation the defendant gives is in his flat he has a carpet that is too big.
"He forgot about the knife being in his top pocket."
He said if he went to prison today he would lose his flat.
3.02pm: Holden asked to address the bench in person.
He said: "I was stupid that morning and had no intention of doing anything with it.
"I've got good support at the minute
"I am doing OK on my licence thingy - I want to continue it if possible. I don't want to go back to prison."
3.06pm: The bench has retired to consider his sentence.
3.22pm: Holden has been sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for a year, and a £115 surcharge and £85 costs.
He replied: "Thank you."
The knife has also been forfeited by the court.
3.25pm: Kelly Ann Batty, 43, of Ambleside Road, Ribbleton, Preston, has admitted possessing a knuckle duster on Park Close in Ribbleton, and resisting a PC.
She will be sentenced on July 11.
3.26pm: Martin John Barker, 52, of Cinder Lane, Woodplumpton, Preston, has made his first appearance before magistrates accused of possessing and making indecent photographs of children.
The charges relate to 67 category A images - the most serious in law - 81 category B images, and 981 category C images.
He also faces a charge of possessing a prohibited image of a child, and an extreme pornographic image involving a dog.
3.30pm: The court agrees the case is too serious to be dealt with at the magistrates' court and the case has been committed to the Crown Court.
Barker will appear there on July 23 and has been given bail.
He has not indicated any pleas to the offences.
3.45pm: A drink driver who led police on a pursuit while he had two passengers in the car has been banned from the road for 12 months.
Connor Andrew McNally, of Pall Mall, Chorley, admits drink driving in a Kia Rio on June 2.
3.50pm: Magistrates are told he was seen driving badly at 4am by police, who decided to follow the car.
There was a pursuit for four minutes from Gillibrand Street into Devonshire Road, with McNally reaching speeds of up to 50mph, hitting speed bumps and narrowly missing parked cars.
3.52pm: When he finally stopped he held up his hands and said: "I admit I've been drinking and driving."
McNally, who works as a window fitter, was banned for a year and must also pay a
£225 fine, £30 victim surcharge, and £85 costs.
4.01pm: That concludes today's coverage.
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