Who has appeared in court recently?

Tameside Magistrates' Court in Ashton.

Fifteen years in prison for a drug scandal, armed thugs carrying out unprovoked attacks, and assault on an officer have been among the recent cases at Tameside Magistrates' Court.

Here's our round-up...

15 years in jail for drug dealer

An Ashton drug dealer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being caught with £200k worth of drugs. 

Richard Southward, 42, of Hurst Grove, Ashton, pleaded guilty at a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

Read more on this here: https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/tameside-reporter/two-ashton-men-jailed-after-200k-drugs-bust/

Prison term for continual thefts

Persistent thief Steven Heaton has been jailed by Tameside magistrates for 20 weeks.

The 34-year-old, of Oak Tree Drive, Dukinfield, pleaded guilty to stealing food items worth more than £100 from Tesco in Stalybridge on Monday last week.

But magistrates heard the offence was carried out while the defendant was subject to a suspended prison sentence for a catalogue of thefts from the Co-op in Hyde.

They said he had failed to respond to non custodial sentences and so jailed him for the 20 weeks. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £129.

Disqualified from driving

Denton driver Craig Murray has been banned from the road for 12 months for drug driving.

The 33-year-old of Heanor Avenue, initially denied the charge relating to an incident on Manchester Road in Hyde back in June 2019, but later changed his plea to guilty.

He was fined £162 plus ordered to pay £500 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Assaulted PCs

Lorraine Owen admitted assaulting two police officers on April 30 this year when she appeared before Tameside magistrates.

The 56-year-old, of Underhill, Romiley, was fined £240 for the offences plus ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Armed thugs in night of cowardly, unprovoked attacks

Two armed thugs who roamed the streets of Ashton and Denton and carried out ‘cowardly, unprovoked and motiveless’ attacks - including two on elderly people - are behind bars.

Jack Paddon, 26, of St John’s Court, Hyde, was sentenced at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court to six years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of robbery.

Read more on this here: https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/tameside-reporter/jail-for-two-thugs-who-carried-out-cowardly-unprovoked-and-motiveless-attacks/

Taken off road for 18 months

Motorist Daniel Eaves has been banned from the road for 18 months for failing to provide a specimen of breath when suspected of having committed a driving offence.

The 38-year-old, of Albert Street, Hyde, initially denied the charge but later changed his plea to guilty.

Stockport magistrates heard the incident had happened in Stockport back in November 2019.

They ordered him to carry out 120 hours unpaid work, plus pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £90.

The driving disqualification can be reduced by 18 weeks if a driving course is successfully completed.

Double trouble

David Andrew must carry out 40 hours unpaid work, Tameside magistrates have ordered.

The 56-year-old, of Werneth Avenue, Hyde, admitted a charge of dishonestly handling stolen goods - namely a JCB tree shredder worth £250. The offence had happened in Hyde back in October 2019.

He was ordered to pay £150 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

In a separate hearing Sharon Redfern, 52, of the same address, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the tree shredder from an address in Hyde - also in October 2019.

Magistrates fined her £150 for the offence, plus ordered her to pay £150 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Offensive text

Jack Edwards pleaded guilty to sending an offensive text, assaulting a PC and creating a quantity of cannabis, at Tameside Magistrates’ Court.

The 27-year-old, of Fistral Crescent, Stalybridge, was given a 20 weeks prison sentence, suspended for 24 months for the offences which happened last summer.

He was also issued with a restraining order meaning he must have no contact with the complainant plus must pay a total of £370 compensation.

Magistrates ordered the cannabis be confiscated and destroyed.

Too threatening

Jack Fielding has been given a 12 months conditional discharge for being threatening and abusive.

The 27-year-old, of Tree House Avenue, Ashton, admitted the offence which had happened in the town on March 27. He must also pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £22.

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