THESE are some of the cases that were heard at Worcester Magistrates Court last week.

Steven Gourley, 24, of Boughton Avenue, pleaded guilty to drink driving in Worcester,

He was caught by police driving “poorly” on December 15. On the night, officers noticed Gourley’s Peugeot 307 being driven in Bransford Road.

Gourley failed a roadside breath test, and was recorded as having 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath

Emily Clewer, prosecuting, told the court that Gourley had a previous driving conviction from June 2018, meaning he faced a three year ban.

The court also heard how he intends to join the army and that he did not feel he needed to do the drink driving rehabilitation course because of his choice of career.

Chair of the bench Gareth Thomas banned Gourley from driving for 36 months and ordered him to pay a fine of £120, a victim surcharge of £32 and costs of £135 when he appeared before magistrates on January 16.

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Steven Fitzpatrick, 46, of Guildford Close, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Magistrates heard he had had an argument with his 17 year-old son over dinner and that he had been drinking earlier in the day and while preparing the meal, and got into his car, driving to County Hall to calm down.

Mark Turnbull, defending, said: "He was honest with police in his interview and he has taken it on the chin - he accepts it was a silly decision.

“He has self-referred himself to Swanswell to deal with his drinking.”

Magistrates on January 16 fined Fitzpatrick a total of £571 including a fine, victim surcharge and court costs.

Andres Pope,45, from Dines Green pleaded guilty to the theft of meat.

The court heard how Pope, 45, had found out his benefits were being stopped and would be moving on to universal credit on the day the theft took place, December 8, last year.

No action was taken against Pope for breaching a community order imposed last year, and the bench instead decided to award compensation worth £50.20 to M&S - the value of the meat.

Pope was also ordered to pay a £40 fine with costs of £50 and a victim surcharge of £32 when he was sentenced on January 16.