A DRUG driver has been banned from applying for a driving licence for 18 months after tests showed he had taken cocaine.

At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Steven Evans, aged 49, of Holden Avenue, Ramsbottom, pleaded guilty to committing the offence when driving a Vauxhall Mokka on Walmersley Road, Bury on October 18 last year.

Holden also admitted having no driving licence or insurance. He was fined £180 and was ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges.

A THIEF who stole meat worth £100 from Marks and Spencer in Bury on January 14 has been ordered to have treatment for drug addiction.

Anthony Harris, aged 30, of Trencherbone, Radcliffe, pleaded guilty to shoplifting. He was fined £50, ordered to participate in 10 days of rehabilitation activities and must pay a total of £197 in costs, charges and compensation.

MAGISTRATES have given a woman a suspended prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to assaulting a man.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the assault on a man, committed by Lisa Donoghue, aged 44, of Ormrod Street, Bury, on October 26 last year, was racially aggravated.

She also admitted stealing alcohol from Morrisons.

Donoghue was ordered to have treatment for alcohol addiction for six months, participate in 10 days of rehabilitation activities and pay her victim £150 in compensation.

A DRIVER has been banned from holding a licence for five years after magistrates were told it was his fourth drink driving offence.

At Bolton Magistrates’ Court Mohammed Bari, aged 36, of Walmersley Road, Bury, was found guilty of committing the recent offence in a Mercedes at McDonalds, Fletcher Street, Bolton on July 23. He had denied committing the crime.

Bari was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 24 months and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. In addition he must participate in a thinking skills programme for 25 days and 20 days of rehabilitation activities.

When his driving ban ends Bari must undertake an extended retest to regain his licence. Magistrates ordered him to pay a total of £735 in costs and charges.

MAGISTRATES have ordered a man to be electronically tagged after he admitted assaulting three men, including causing actual bodily harm to two of them, on February 23.

Jack Conway, aged 23, of Fir Street, Ramsbottom, was made subject to a 9pm to 6am curfew for 18 weeks and was ordered to have treatment for alcohol addiction and to participate in the Resolve programme for 28 days.

Conway was also ordered to pay his victims a total of £500 in compensation and pay £170 in costs and charges.

A WOMAN who failed to tell police the identity of a BMW driver who was suspected of committing an offence has been fined £660 by Manchester magistrates.

Bismillah Shahid, aged 26, of Sheepfoot Lane, Prestwich, had denied committing the offence but was found guilty in her absence.

In addition to the fine she was ordered to pay £216 in costs and charges.