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Lead thieves’ ail sentences reduced after court outcry
Three thieves were ailed for stealing lead from the roof of a school in Congleton, after their lookout became distracted by a puzzle book, a court heard.
the public when South Cheshire magistrates jailed the three for 20 weeks, until a solicitor said the sentences should be reduced due to the guilty pleas.
Ryan William Meredith, Daniel Dwayne Walker and Natasha Ann Walters,
leaded guilty to stealing lead from Marlfields Primary School on 12th September, after Walters failed to see police approach.
There was an outcry from the defendants and
Yvonne Rowson, chairman of the Bench, called the defendants back to the courtroom and said she had made a mistake and reduced Walker and Walters’s sentences to 16 weeks.
Meredith, (18), of 3, Roseberry Street; Walker, (20), of 12, Roseberry Street; and Walters, (21), of 12, Francis Street, all Stoke,
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The court heard how police were called at 10.10pm when a witness saw four men climbing over the gates to the school at Waggs Road, Congleton.
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Congleton shone at Cheshire’s Community Pride Awards on Thursday, when the community gardens were named as one of the county’s “little gems.” From left: Jackie MacArthur, town centre manager; Albert Williams, community garden volunteer; Margaret Williamson of Congleton in Bloom and Town Mayor Dave Martin. For the full story, turn to page 32 (“Chronicle” photo. 4116b/11).
A licensing application has been submitted to Cheshire East Council for the building that has been empty since early 2009.
Teddy bears to bar plan is welcomed in the town centre The former Dean’s toy shop and Lawton Street post office in Congleton town centre could become a bar.
Sedgwick Riley representatives have spoken to town centre businesses about their plans. One Lawton Street employee, who did not wish to be identified, said: “I think the general point of view is that it is better for the premises to have something in rather than be empty.
Macclesfield-based Sedgwick Riley has asked for a licence to sell alcohol, provide late night refreshment, show films and play live and recorded music.
The company runs the Treacle Tap on Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, a bar that sells real ales and also has poetry evenings, book clubs and film nights.
“The people who spoke to us were really nice and told us what they were intending to do. They said they would not just be open at night, and in the day it would be a bit like a café.
“If they do what they say they are going to do, then it is definitely going to benefit the businesses on the road.”
The new business would open from 7am to midnight on weekdays and 7am to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. It would sell alcohol from 11am.
Congleton town centre manager Jackie MacArthur said: “We really want to see empty properties filled. As a town we want a healthy mix of shops, bars and entertainment places.
“Lawton Street has a lot of character and it would be nice to see more businesses opening up along there.
“The Dean’s store has some good parking around the back so it would be attractive for a business.”
Referring to the current re-development of the West Street area (the Staffordshire Knot is to reopen as a gastro pub by Christmas), Mrs MacArthur said: “If we’ve got some really nice eating and dining areas on West Street and Lawton Street, it means a much better mix of places to go out.”
She pointed out that other properties had been filled, including a balloon shop in Capitol Walk, a former clothes shop on Bridge Street was now a mobile phone shop and premises on Mill Street were to open as a dance store.
People have until 28th October to comment to Cheshire East Council on the licensing application.
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