Widnes drug dealer jailed for more than four years Date published: 14th December 2018 12.19pm

A drug dealer from Widnes has been brought to justice thanks to a stop check by a local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Paul Lightfoot, of Bell House Lane, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison at Chester Crown Court on Friday 7 December.

The 50-year-old had earlier been found guilty of two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin).

At around 4pm on Sunday 17 June Lightfoot was walking on Page Lane, Widnes, when he was stopped by a local PCSO, who had reasons to suspect that he may be involved in drug dealing.

Lightfoot voluntarily emptied his pockets at the request of the PCSO but during this produced a penknife.

Concerned for his safety, the PCSO called for back-up.
Lightfoot began to struggle and a wrap of white powder fell out of his pocket.

Two police officers swiftly attended the scene and Lightfoot was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs.
He was searched, where officers discovered 29 wraps of cocaine and nine wraps of heroin.

A small quantity of cannabis was also discovered during a search at Lightfoot’s home on Bell House Lane.

Lightfoot pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs but he was convicted of the offences by a jury following a three-day trial.

Following his conviction Detective Sergeant Roberts from Widnes
Local Policing Unit said: “Illegal Drugs and the sale and use of such drugs has a detrimental impact on our communities and removing those involved in drug dealing from them is of paramount importance to the team here at Widnes.

“Officers on patrol are always briefed with intelligence from the community and as demonstrated here will use stop checks and search powers to pursue those involved and protect those affected.

“The sentence handed to Lightfoot sends out a clear message to other potential criminals that the use and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Widnes or elsewhere in Cheshire.”

Anyone concerned about drug dealing in their local community is urged contact Cheshire Police on 101 or online at https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.

Alternatively information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

If you are in an addiction, seek help at either our partners at CGL, Aston Dane www.cgl.org.uk or via the N.H.S.