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Man sentenced for drugs offence - Bromsgrove

Following a West Mercia Police investigation, a man has been sentenced to prison for drugs offences.

Kieran Loveridge, aged 28 of no fixed abode, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday (2 May).

In August 2016, a warrant was executed at an address on Foxwalks Avenue, Bromsgrove, whereby a small amount of drugs were located, as well as cash and mobile phones. Loveridge was arrested at the scene.

Following an investigation focusing on the use of mobile phones as a tool for operating the supply of controlled drugs, Loveridge was charged in October 2017.

He subsequently appeared before Kidderminster Magistrates' Court later that month, where he pleaded not guilty and the case was sent to Worcester Crown Court for a trial.

During the trial in June 2018, Loveridge entered a guilty plea and was bailed for sentencing later in the year, but failed to appear at the sentencing hearing.

A warrant was issued and Loveridge was located in the early hours of 2 May at an address in Birmingham. He subsequently appeared at Worcester Crown Court later that day for sentencing.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of class A drugs - crack cocaine, being concerned in the supply of cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Following the sentencing, investigating officer, PC Danny Somner from West Mercia Police said: "As a result of concerns raised by the local community, a number of warrants were carried out by officers at premises in Bromsgrove, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

"There's no place for serious and organised crime in Bromsgrove and I hope this sentencing sends a message to those involved in county lines that if they are coming into our policing areas, we will take action."

The investigation is part of West Mercia Police's commitment to tackling serious and organised crime as part of the force's Protect campaign. The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

•    Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC
•    Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC
•    Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC
•    Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs  

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Issued: 8am, Friday 10 May, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 10/05/19