THE crown courts will always get a lot of coverage for having the most serious criminal cases come through them.

But along with the crown courts, magistrates' courts have been continuing to process the other types of crimes throughout the pandemic.

While some of these cases are not as serious as the ones in crown court, they still require punishment and in places prison sentences.

Here is a list of people sentenced at Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend Magistrates' Courts between March 26 and now.

Carl Churchley, 32, of Chancellor Road, Southend appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court where he admitted breaching his community order by failing to comply with his curfew or give a valid reason for doing so. His order was continued to last until September this year.

Alfie Finlayson, 19, of Park Road, Westcliff, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court where he admitted damaged a window on West Street, Rochford, belonging to Rochford District Council worth £810. He was given a community order with 30 days rehabilitation and 180 hours unpaid work. He must pay £810 in compensation.

Benjamin Griffiths, 37, of Parkstone Avenue, Benfleet, admitted driving his Grey Ford Focus on Hainault Avenue on February 27 this year while having 106 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, more than double the legal limit. He also admitted stealing items from Tesco Express in Leigh and breaching a restraining order on March 30. He was jailed for 16 weeks in total.

Jason Jarvis, 50, of East Street, Rochford, admitted stealing £31 worth of meat from a BP garage in Rayleigh on March 9 last year. He also stole £219 worth of fish from the same place on January 27 and then £265 worth on February 3. He also stole £75 worth of meat from a Co-op store in Hockley. He was given a community order with 20 days of rehabilitation.

Scott Prior, 34, of Westborough Road, Westcliff, stole chisels from a Wilkinson's store in Southend on February 16 this year, and attempted to steal £225 of nicotine and women's hair removers. He also stole boxes of chocolates, sandwiches, energy drinks, wine and chilled goods from other stores in Westcliff and Stanford-le-Hope. Chelmsford Magistrates' Court said he had a "flagrant disregard" for court orders and was jailed for 12 weeks.

Naim Ahmed, 25, of Blaney Crescent, London, drove a Mercedes vehicle on the A13 in Grays while disqualified on November 13 last year, also obstructing a police officer and having no insurance. He was given a community order with 30 days rehabilitation and 80 hours unpaid work, and fined £246. He was disqualified from driving for 15 months.

Paul Dewis, 24, of Surrey Avenue, Leigh, sent text messages to a woman between March 31 and May 1 2020 which were grossly offensive with the aim of causing the woman distress. He was given a community order with 30 days rehabilitation and 40 hours of unpaid work.

Nicola Spencer, 44, of Thorney Bay Caravan Park, Canvey, admitted driving a Ford Fiesta in the caravan park on September 13 last year while drunk. She admitted the offence and was fined £120.

Mohsen Maizi, 20, of Rockells, Basildon, admitted having cannabis in Basildon on July 20 last year. He was given a £184 fine and the cannabis was ordered to be destroyed.

Connor Nicholas Bryne, 28, of York Road, Southend, admitted sending text messages to a woman on March 19 this year when he was banned from doing so by a non-molestation order and also called the woman in a threatening manner. He also told another woman to contact her on his behalf and threatened to come around himself if she didn’t. He was given a six month suspended sentence with 20 days of rehabilitation.

Gemma Sargent, 34, of Mendip Crescent, Westcliff, admitted going into a home in Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend on January 19 this year and stole food supplements and apple cider vinegar capsules worth £42.44, and other items of clothing and also had heroin. She was given a community order with 20 days rehabilitation and 120 hours of unpaid work.