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Herbie Hide's jail sentence is cut

Herbie Hide, former boxing world champion. Credit: PA images.

A former world heavyweight boxing champion from Norfolk who admitted conspiring to sell cocaine has had his jail term cut by four months by appeal judges.

Herbie Hide, 42, of Bawburgh, near Norwich, was given a 22-month term by a judge at Cambridge Crown Court in November.

But three appeal judges cut the term to 18 months after lawyers for Hide argued that the original sentence was too long.

Hide, who twice held the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title in the 1990s, was not at the Court of Appeal hearing in London.

He was jailed after a judge heard he had fallen for a sting operation set up by an investigative journalist known as the Fake Sheikh.

Hide arranged to supply the class A drug to Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood after a series of meetings at a hotel near Norwich.

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Herbie Hide handed 22-month sentence

Herbie Hide is facing a 22-month jail sentence.
Herbie Hide is facing a 22-month jail sentence. Credit: PA

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide has been jailed for 22 months for conspiring to supply cocaine.

He was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court this afternoon.

The 42-year-old, from Bawburgh near Norwich, was arrested earlier this year after being caught up in a sting operation organised by a newspaper.

Herbie Hide sentencing

Herbie Hide Credit: PA Images

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide is due to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court for a drugs charge this afternoon (Friday 29 November).

The 42-year-old, from Bawburgh near Norwich, was arrested earlier this year after being caught up in a sting operation organised by a newspaper.

He originally pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine but changed his plea to guilty at the start of a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Former boxer warned he faces prison sentence

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Herbie Hide has been warned he faces jail, after pleading guilty to a drugs charge.

The 42-year-old, from Bawburgh near Norwich, was arrested earlier this year after being caught up in a sting organised by a tabloid newspaper.

Today, the former boxer changed his plea from not guilty to guilty at the start of his trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The judge warned him he faced two years in prison.

Malcolm Robertson reports.

Herbie Hide pleads guilty to drugs charge

Herbie Hide, former boxing world champion. Credit: PA images.

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine at the start of a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The 42-year-old, who lives at Bawburgh, near Norwich, had previously denied the charges.

He has been released on bail.

Hide will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on November 29.

Until then, he will have to report daily to Norwich police station.

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Herbie Hide arrives at court for drugs trial

Herbie Hide, former boxing world champion. Credit: PA images

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide has arrived at court this morning where he is due to go on trial over alleged drugs offences.

The 41-year-old, from Bawburgh, near Norwich, is charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

He has previously denied the allegations.

Hide arrived at Norwich Crown Court earlier today.

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