Drugs swoop: 13 in court

Another 13 people have been sentenced following a Calderdale wide drugs swoop.

Among those appearing at Bradford Crown Court was 34-year-old Paul Atkinson, pictured above on the night he was arrested at his home in Myrtle Drive, Ovenden by West Yorkshire Police.

Atkinson was given a 20-month custodial sentence after admitting two counts of supplying cocaine to undercover police as part of Operation Irondale.

His mother, Angela Birkhead, 55, of Club Lane, Ovenden, was given a nine month sentence, suspended for 18 months and has been ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work after she admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

She had driven Atkinson to the Ovenden Cross pub on two occasions August 2010 so he could sell the drugs.

Another man, Damian Nelson, 29, of Turner Avenue North in Illingworth, was given a nine month sentence suspended for two years after acting as a go-between for police and Atkinson during August 2010. He must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Five others received custodial sentences, with 37-year-old Alan Paine, who received three years for supplying class A, and Paul Campbell, 42, of Roseberry Street in Elland, who received 10 months after admitting supplying amphetamines and possessing cannabis with intent to supply. Campbell was given a further two months after admitting housing benefit fraud in a case brought by Calderdale Council.

Tyler Dyson, 23, now of Huddersfield but formerly of Frances Street, Elland, was given 4 years and four months for selling cocaine, as well as burglary, theft of a vehicle and handling stolen goods.

Brother Gavin, 32, of Southgate, Elland, was given 2 years and four months for similar offences.

Alex Mattock, 25, of Myrtle Avenue in Illingworth was given 2 years and 8 months for supplying cocaine.

46-year-old Pauline Bond of Grove Crescent, Luddenden Foot, wept as judge John Potter warned her that her drug abuse could make her a risk to the people she cares about the most.

She was given a nine month sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work after she admitted two counts of supplying cannabis in June last year.

Officers found 49.4 grams of the class B drug when they searched her home.

David Roberts, 44, of Canterbury Crescent in Boothtown, admitted two counts of supplying amphetamines. He was also given a nine month sentence, but suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.

Three more men, Yarrow Wild, 32, of Hilton Street in Hebden Bridge, Lee Wyatt, 23, of Mixenden Road, Halifax, and Alex Wadsworth, 44, of West Parade in Sowerby Bridge were given community orders.

Wild, who admitted two counts of supplying class B, will serve an 18 month community order while Wyatt, who admitted five charges including offering to supply cannabis, supplying cannabis, and three counts of supplying a class C drug, will serve an 12 month community order. Wadsworth too will serve a 12 month community order.

Wild and Wyatt will also do 150 hours unpaid work.