Policeman on drugs theft trial

A detective with an elite West Yorkshire Police unit has gone on trial accused of stealing drugs with a street value of hundreds of thousands of pounds from police stores. Nicholas McFadden denies theft and plotting with his brother to sell them on.

Wife tells court she had "no idea" about detective husband's criminal life

The wife of a detective who's accused of being a major drugs dealer has told a court that she had no idea about his criminal life.

It's claimed that Nick McFadden made a fortune out of selling drugs that had been seized from criminals he was helping to put behind bars.

McFadden told police he'd come into money after his wife Clair developed cancer and cashed in an insurance policy. Today she told a jury at Leeds Crown Court that he was lying. David Hirst reports.

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Detective goes on trial

A detective with West Yorkshire Police has gone on trial accused of being a drug dealer stealing heroin and cocaine seized from criminals he was helping to put behind bars.

Nicholas McFadden is alleged to have plundered the drugs from police stores and then plotted with his brother Simon to sell them on.

Prosecutors say the brothers made so much money - at least £600,000 - they didn't know what to do with it, but when the detective was questioned, he told police he'd simply found bags of cash in a ditch by the M62.

West Yorkshire detective "stole drugs to live high life"

A detective with West Yorkshire Police has gone on trial charged with stealing drugs with a street value of hundreds of thousands of pounds from his own force and plotting to sell them. Nicholas McFadden is accused with his brother Simon of a large scale criminal conspiracy.

Nicholas McFadden is accused of stealing large quantities of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamine which had been seized from drug dealers. Prosecutors say when he was arrested, he claimed he had found hundreds of thousands of pounds dumped by three men in a van near the M62 at Castleford.

Nicholas Mcfadden denies theft. He and Simon McFadden deny conspiracy to supply drugs. Nicholas McFadden has admitted money-laundering, a charge his brother denies. Simon McFadden's wife Karen has pleaded guilty to one charge of money-laundering. The trial at Leeds Crown Court continues.