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Bury drug dealer jailed for almost six years
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A Bury drug dealer has been jailed for more than five years.

Leon Beckford (born 22/04/1979) of Booth Road, Little Lever pleaded guilty to seven counts of supplying class A drugs.

On Thursday 28 June 2012, at Bolton Crown Court, he was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.

Early on Wednesday 13 June 2012, police carried out drugs raids at 15 homes in the east area of Bury.

Eleven people were arrested in total and drugs and cash were also seized.

The warrants were carried out following months of intelligence gathering, after officers received reports of drug dealing in and around the Manchester Road Park area.

Dozens of officers were involved in the raids, including specialist officers from GMP’s tactical aid and dogs units, as well as divisional and neighbourhood officers.

The raids were watched by several members of the community and councillors, who were invited along to witness the ongoing work of the police to put a stop to drugs activity in their neighbourhood.

Drugs workers were also available throughout the day to offer services to any prisoners that currently use drugs and who may want help to stop.

Chief Superintendent Jon Rush, divisional commander at Bury said: “This operation was months in the planning and has caused significant disruption to both those who use and supply illegal drugs in Bury.

“These raids form part of our ongoing activity to tackle drug dealing across our borough and people will see further action taking place over the coming months.”

Inspector Charlotte Cadden from Bury East Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This sentencing for drug dealing in and around the Manchester Road Park area, sends out a strong message that both the police and community will simply not tolerate this kind of activity in their neighbourhood.

“Open spaces such as our local parks are places that are there to be enjoyed by families, not to be used by criminals for illicit deals.

“We are continually seeking further information from the public that will help us take even more direct action against those dealing drugs on our streets, and I would like to thank people in Bury for their ongoing support.”

Councillor John Smith, deputy leader of Bury Council and local Redvales councillor, attended the raids. He said: "This is a great example of how the police and the community can work closely together to help drive drugs out of the area and make places like Manchester Road Park safe for families and young people."

Anyone with information about those involved in drug-related activity in their area should call police at Bury, in confidence if needed, on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

David Billington (born 27/02/1974) of Windermere Drive, Bury pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying class A drugs. He was yesterday sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months.

Joseph Hindley (born 01/12/1983) of Bronte Avenue, Bury pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying class A drugs. He was yesterday sentenced to 10 months, suspended for 18 months.

Sajid Ali (born 11/04/1981) of Greywood Avenue, Bury, Jordan Young (born 07/12/1992) of Bronte Avenue, Bury and Jason Sachelle (born 11/04/1977) of Rydal Close, Bury, all pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs at an earlier hearing. They will be sentenced at a later date.