Police pounce on taxi passenger, 56, and find cocaine and heroin in his tracksuit (plus 11 more court cases)


NORTHWOOD: Drug-user Antony Rushton was found with Class A drugs – after police searched him on his doorstep.

The 56-year-old was stopped by officers as he arrived back at his Northwood home in a taxi.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he had cocaine and heroin on him.

Prosecutor Emma Pickard said: “At 9.05pm officers see the defendant getting out of a taxi on Lock Keepers Way. They detained him for a drugs search. They found six wraps of powder in his tracksuit. Five were found to be cocaine and one contained heroin. The value was £60. He admitted the drugs were his, for his own use.”

Shoplifter Antony Rushton

Rushton, of Lock Keepers Way, Northwood, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug on January 9.

Colin Drew, mitigating, said: “He has struggled with drug addiction for the best part of his life. The value of the drugs was only £60.

“He had been on a methadone prescription for a number of years but, because he missed an appointment, he was prevented from collecting his methadone and fell back into using these drugs.”

Magistrates fined Rushton £120 and ordered him to pay £185 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

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TUNSTALL: Twenty-seven-year-old Wasim Akhtar, of Park Terrace, Tunstall, has denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on May 23. His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on November 1. His bail was extended.

STOKE: Teenager Jordan Garratt, of Penkhull New Road, Stoke, has pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine between May 5, 2018 and June 7, 2018. The 19-year-old will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. His bail was extended.

ABBEY HULTON: Twenty-four-year-old Joshua Bagshaw, of Abbots Place, Abbey Hulton, has denied two offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm. His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on January 11. His bail has been extended.

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Latest cases from the courts in North Staffordshire

MEIR: Fifty-eight-year-old Steven Cartlidge, of Montgomery Place, Meir, has pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent photographs of children between August 22, 2015 and June 7, 2017. He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. His bail was extended.

TUNSTALL: Eighteen-year-old Jordan Hogan, of Limeheath Place, Tunstall, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have denied wounding with intent and unlawful wounding on April 26. The 17-year-old also denied having a knife in public.

Their trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in the week commencing October 12. Their bail was extended.

BUTT LANE: Thirty-four-year-old William Price has been handed a four-month prison sentence after admitting assaulting an emergency worker on December 14.

But the defendant, of Millstone Avenue, Butt Lane, had already served the time in custody and was released.

He was also ordered to carry out 20 hours unpaid work and attend a thinking skills programme when he appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

CLAYTON: Thirty-six-year-old Michelle Turner, of Rydal Way, Clayton, pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug monkey dust with intent to supply to another on April 18, 2018. She will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on March 9. Her bail was extended.

RUDYARD: Craig Archbold, aged 52, of Lakeland Lodge, Rudyard, has denied charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and destroying property.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on December 24.

His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in the week commencing July 27. Archbold’s bail was extended. 

GOLDENHILL: Forty-two-year-old Wesley Leishman, of Taylor Street, Goldenhill, must pay £287 in fines and court costs after pleading guilty to interfering with a motor vehicle on January 29. He appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

HARTSHILL: Thief Andrew McNally, of Hilton Road, Hartshill, admitted stealing £90 worth of razor blades from Sainsbury’s, Stoke, on January 29.

North Staffordshire magistrates deferred sentence until May 21. The 40-year-old was bailed.

SHELTON: Forty-four-year-old Paul Taft, of Wellesley Street, Shelton, has pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance on February 10.

The offences placed him in breach of a suspended sentence he received at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in January 2019.

He will now be sentenced by a judge at the crown court. His bail was extended.





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