Mummy’s letter keeps drug dealer from prison

Posted: May 20, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Oliver Ferns, who bragged of being a big-time drug dealer, has escaped a jail sentence, because his mother wrote to the judge asking if he could go to live with his grandmother.Ilie

At a hearing last week, prosecutor David Gittins said pills being sold by Ferns and his accomplice Scott Ball became illegal last December. The Class C drugs BZP, TNFPP and DVZP are members of the piperazine family and are sold as an alternative to Ecstasy and amphetamine.

On March 7, undercover officers using the names Mick and Ryan were targeting dealers in Union Street bar Maxine’s, when they were approached by Ball, who sold them 25 pills for £50 and gave them his contact number.

On March 13, the same officers phoned Ball and asked for more pills, but having none, he gave them Oliver Ferns’ number.

They set up a rendezvous at the Roundabout pub, where Ferns sold them 40 pills for £80 and tried to persuade them to work for him as dealers, bragging: “I’m one of the big boys.”

On March 19, the officers again met Ferns, who arrived by taxi. The deal of 60 pills for £100 was completed in the vehicle, but seconds after Mick and Ryan got out, it was stopped and Ferns was arrested, still holding the £100, with more pills in his pocket.

Mr Gittins said Ferns was fined in December last year for possession of cocaine.

Llewellyn Sellick, for Ferns, said he had no previous convictions for trafficking and his mother had written a long letter to the court saying she wanted him to live with his grandmother at Birkenhead. Ferns, aged 20, from Chedworth Street, Greenbank, admitted supplying and possessing a Class C drug with intent to supply, and possessing cannabis.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC handed down a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, ordered Ferns to do 180 hours of unpaid community work, and imposed an electronically tagged curfew from 8pm-8am at his grandmother’s address for four months. He warned Ferns to be in no doubt that if he committed any serious offence in the next two years, he would go straight to prison.


It doesn’t matter who is running the UK, illegals are still trying to pour into our country.

IlieTwenty-five foreign nationals have been prevented from entering the country illegally, after they were caught hiding in lorry at Dunkirk, France by the UK Border Agency.

The male stowaways – from Afghanistan, Syria and Iran – were discovered on the morning of Friday 14 May by a sniffer dog, which was checking vehicles before they boarded ferries bound for Dover. The springer spaniel, called Louis, detected the scent of humans and alerted his handler.

Officers then opened the Czech lorry and found the would-be illegal immigrants – including a father and his sons, aged 7 and 9 – concealed among bottles of wine and olive oil. The consignment was due to be delivered to a depot in Weston-super-Mare.

The stowaways were all handed over to the French border police presumably to be let out the back door to try again.

The driver of the vehicle and the haulage company now face a potential fine if they cannot prove that they took steps to secure the vehicle.

In 2009, over 29,000 individual attempts to cross the Channel illegally were prevented.


Cindy Corton, 35, was left with the bizarre injury after a drunken fall in a friend’s bathroom in 2005.

She was twice seen by hospital staff in the aftermath of the incident and an X-ray was carried out.

But an inquest heard it took Mrs Corton, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, two years to convince doctors that the handle was lodged in flesh of her bottom. By then what should have been a routine procedure to remove it had become much more dangerous.

After two unsuccessful operations in 2007, Mrs Corton underwent further, much riskier surgery and died from massive blood loss at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre in June last year.

Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Stuart Fisher criticised Dr Killian Mbewe, who first examined Mrs Corton at Grantham hospital. After the inquest, husband Peter Corton said: “Cindy got a very poor service from the NHS. “I’m sure she would have got better treatment in foreign countries.”


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