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4 jailed for dealing £1.55m worth of drugs

£1.55m drugs seized from four men
£1.55m drugs seized from four men Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

4 men from Weston-super-Mare have been jailed for a total of 33 years after admitting producing and dealing drugs.

Stephen Bailey, 45; Garry Parkinson, 49; Shaun Smith, 49 and Simon Kellaway, 38 were jailed for conspiracy to supply 56kgs of class A and B drugs which had an estimated street value of £1.55m.

They were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court yesterday.

Controlled drugs have always been something that we take seriously in North Somerset. Many residents have seen the negative impact drugs can have on the community such as anti-social behaviour, violence and criminal damage caused by people under the influence of drugs, or crimes carried out to fund their drug use.

Our commitment and the court result will reassure people – especially those living in Weston-super-Mare that we will pursue those intent on following a life of illegal drug activity and bring them before the courts.

The court decision and hefty jail sentence should have a positive impact but we refuse to be complacent and will remain focused and committed to working with Zephyr and other multi agency partners to disrupt, dismantle and destroy organised drug groups in North Somerset, which can have such a negative impact on our communities

– DI Saunders, Weston-super-Mare CID

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Drug arrests in Bristol

Police have arrested eight people for drugs offences after raids on homes in Bristol.

5 people are still in custody after the searches yesterday in homes in Staple Hill, Fishponds and Kingswood.

Police believe they have seized around £5,000 pounds worth of heroin and crack cocaine.

Police arrested eight people in an operation to tackle the supply of heroin and crack cocaine in Bristol and South Gloucestershire Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Mum of boy who saved friends says he's a hero

Two teenagers are still in intensive care and four others in hospital after becoming seriously ill from taking drugs.

They started fitting and hallucinating at a house in Glastonbury after taking 2CB, a drug similar to ecstasy.

The teenagers were helped by their friend Jai Woods who hadn't taken the drug. Jai's mother, Kate, says her son is a hero:

Extended interview with boy who saved his friends

Two teenagers are still in intensive care and four others in hospital after becoming seriously ill from taking drugs. They started hallucinating at a house in Glastonbury after taking 2CB, a drug similar to ecstasy.

Luckily one of their friends hadn't taken the drug and was able to call the emergency services. Watch our interview with Jai Woods below.

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Six teenagers in hospital after taking drugs

Six teenagers from Glastonbury have been taken to hospital after becoming ill from taking drugs. Two are in a serious condition.

Police were called to an address in Northload Street in the early hours of Saturday morning. The six young people were given medical attention at the scene. Three were taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and the other three to Yeovil hospital.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class B drugs and has been released on police bail. A Police investigation is underway.

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