A MAN who assaulted a woman and damaged her front door has been ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work. At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Richard Harper, aged 29, of Park Road, Little Lever, pleaded guilty to committing the offences on November 2. As part of his community sentence he must participate in 20 days of rehabilitation activities and pay his victim £60 in compensation. Harper was also ordered to pay £175 in costs and charges and a restraining order was made banning him from contacting the woman or going to Market Street, Radcliffe.

A WOMAN whose behaviour breached the peace has appeared before magistrates. At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Jade Couperthwaite, aged 29, of Halliwell Road, Bolton, admitted committing the offence on November 6 and was bound over to keep the peace for six months or forfeit £75.

A MAN has been sentenced to a conditional discharge for 12 months after he admitted damaging a Honda FRV in Hinkler Avenue, Bolton on May 18. Rashid Mahmood, aged 38, of Hinkler Avenue, was ordered to pay the car’s owner £650 in compensation.

MAGISTRATES have jailed a man after he breached a restraining order by contacting a woman on the day he was given a suspended sentence for assaulting her. Phillip Dougill, aged 36, of no fixed address, was jailed for 24 weeks.

MAGISTRATES have banned a motorist from the roads for 12 months after he was caught drink driving. At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Vadims Kreismans, aged 28, of Manchester Road East, Little Hulton, pleaded guilty to committing the offence when he drove a VW Golf on Leigh Road on November 1. He was also fined £400 plus £125 in costs.

A MAN who had no licence but borrowed a friend’s car to go and see his girlfriend described the decision as "a simple mistake". At Bolton Magistrates' Court Jake Ellison was fined £533 after admitting careless driving, failing to stop for police, having no insurance or licence and possessing cannabis. The Volkswagen Passat 21-year-old Ellison, of Pryce Street, Bolton, was driving on Chorley Old Road, Bolton, was seen by police just after 9pm on July 8 and refused to stop. It was located after being abandoned on Albert Road and after a short chase Ellison was caught in nearby Carlton Road. Magistrates banned him from applying for a driving licence for six months.

TWO people have appeared in court after they were overheard making homophobic remarks about a neighbour. At Bolton Magistrates Court Carl O'Brien and Jessica Shepherd, who both lived in flats at Anfield Road, Great Lever, pleaded guilty to using abusive words or behaviour motivated by someone's sexual orientation. Adam Whittaker, defending O'Brien, said there had been a history of complaints about noise at the flats, which have thin walls, to the council made by both sides. "They had not intended him to overhear their private conversation," he said. O'Brien, aged 38, was sentenced to a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay £100 in compensation and Shepherd, aged 24, was given a nine month conditional discharge with a £50 compensation payment.

A MAN who ignored a restraining order and pressed a neighbouring flat’s buzzer has been jailed for eight weeks. John Campbell, aged 41, of Thornbank, Bolton, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on November 8. Only last month Campbell was sentenced in court for affray outside the neighbour’s home, when the restraining order was made. Magistrates, jailing him for breaching it, told him he has a “flagrant” disregard for court orders.

MAGISTRATES have ordered a man to do 80 hours of unpaid work after he approached a woman and sent her text messages in breach of a restraining order. James Dunn, aged 32, of Division Street, Bolton, initially denied committing the offence on August 20 but then changed his plea at Manchester Magistrates’ Court. He must also participate in a behaviour programme and pay £290 in costs and charges.

A MAN who repeatedly ignored a driving ban has been spared jail. Bolton magistrates heard how Craig Sloane had previously been caught drink driving and punished twice for driving whilst banned but still continued to get behind the wheel. Sloane, aged 30, of Skelwith Avenue, Great Lever, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified on the M55 at Kirkham and having no insurance on June 2 and again in Blackpool on October 23 when he also obstructed a police officer. He also admitted possessing heroin on April 8. He was given a 20-week suspended prison sentence and must observe an eight-week curfew. He was also banned from driving for two years.

A FORMER footballer who was laid off from his roofing job due to the coronavirus lockdown got drunk and became violent at a petrol station. Bolton magistrates heard how Marcus Kay, who used to play as a youth goalkeeper for Oldham Athletic, has never been arrested before, but that changed on April 8 after drinking sessions with friends. Kay, aged 20, of Chadwick Street, Little Lever pleaded guilty to using racial threatening words or behaviour towards a member of staff at the Shell petrol station on Crompton Way, criminal damage to the security screen and assaulting a police officer. Magistrates sentenced him to be electronically tagged and subject to a 9pm to 6am curfew for 16 weeks and ordered him to pay £100 in compensation for the damage plus £50 each for the police officer and cashier.