Bridlington man caught with 250 Class C tablets is jailed

A Bridlington man has been jailed after he was caught with 250 tablets of Class C drugs.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 3:38 pm

Joshua Ingham, 24, was seen by officers from British Transport Police's County Lines Taskforce being handed money by another man in exchange for a small white packet of tablets at Bridlington Railway Station shortly after 1pm on December 9, 2019.

Ingham, of St Andrew Road, Bridlington, was stopped and searched by British Transport Police under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act and found to be in possession of 250 tablets of Class C drugs.

Officers discovered Ingham was carrying strips of tablets, many of which had been cut into smaller strips.

JAILED: Joshua Ingham, 24.
JAILED: Joshua Ingham, 24.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance of Class C and taken to police custody for questioning where he replied “no comment” to all questions put to him.

Forensic analysis of the tablets found in Ingham’s possession revealed that 204 were Diazepam, often referred to as Valium, and 46 were Zopiclone. The drugs had an approximate street value of £250.

He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of Class C at Kingston-upon-Hull Crown Court on December 18, 2020.

On Wednesday April 14, 2021, a judge sentenced him to six months in prison. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge or £149.

BTP County Lines Taskforce Detective Constable, Gavin Keenan, said: “Credit for this successful conviction goes to the officers at Bridlington station that day, who spotted Ingham’s suspicious behaviour from afar and seized a large quantity of drugs.

“It’s all part of the Taskforce’s daily proactive work to make the rail network a hostile environment for this type of activity to take place.

“I am thankful to the courts for handing Ingham a sentence behind bars where he will have time to rethink his criminal activity.

“Everyone that uses and works across the rail network has a vital role to play in being our eyes and ears, and I would to encourage anyone who sees something that doesn’t look right to report it to us. You can do this by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.”