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Five jailed for 'evil' drug trade

Five people have been sentenced for their part in a major drugs operation in Shropshire.

Operation Sift centred on Telford and the police used undercover officers to pose as drug-users to capture the dealers and their accomplices.

All were involved in what the judge called an evil trade Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A total of 59 people have appeared in court.

In the final stage today a mother was jailed for her part in the deals in which she sent much of the proceeds of the deals to Jamaica.

Sharon Anne Campbell, 43, who has an 8-year-old daughter, allowed her home in Telford to be used for drug dealing, she was jailed for 10 years for money laundering and supplying cocaine and heroin.

Courtney Hamilton of Wolverhampton was jailed for 8 years and Garfield Paul Patterson on Telford, 9 years. Two others received 18-month sentences.

All were involved in what the judge called an evil trade which relied on people becoming addicted to drugs. The case was heard at Birmingham Crown Court.

Parliamentary Standards case against MP will not continue

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A Midlands MP who was referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, will not have the case pursued.

Lucy Allan, who won the Telford seat in May, was accused of doctoring a constituent’s email to add a death threat in the final line.

It's been decided that there is nothing to investigate.

The Telford MP had insisted that the threat was real and from a different conversation with the same individual.

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UK summit held to highlight plight of Hedgehogs

The numbers of hedgehogs are dwindling in the UK. Credit: PA

The first UK summit in a decade to highlight the plight of the hedgehog is taking place in Telford today.

The Day of the Hedgehog is organised by wildlife charities British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species as part of their joint Hedgehog Street initiative.

According to ecologists, tens of thousands of hedgehogs are being killed by traffic on our roads each year.

Other factors contributing to their increasing demise in population include habitat loss, temperature change and increases in housing and industrial developments

The summit is being held at the Telford International Convention Centre

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