Drug-taking mother warned she could have children taken off her

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A JUDGE rapped a drug-taking mother and warned that her children could be taken from her unless she stops smoking cannabis.

Michaela Bishop, 24, from Middlesbrough, was told that “others might intervene” if she is caught again with illegal substances.

The home Bishop shares with Jake Wray, 25, was raided by police on December 13 last year, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Officers found bagged up deals of cannabis hidden around the house and £216 worth of amphetamine stashed in a freezer.

Wray admitted possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply after claiming he was the dealer and his partner was just a user.

Judge Howard Crowson described the confession as “merciful and just justifiable” because it saved Bishop harsher punishment.

The mother-of-two admitted simple possession of Class B drugs and was given a 12-month community order with supervision.

Wray received a ten-month jail sentence, suspended for a year, with supervision and 120 hours of unpaid work for the community.

Judge Crowson warned them both that they are likely to be locked up if they offend again or breach the orders he made.

The court heard how she bought a bulk deal with money she was given for Christmas, and needed the drugs to combat a back complaint.

Wray's barrister, Duncan McReddie, told the court: “He is not a habitual or long-standing drug dealer, a vital component in the chain.”

Rachel Dyson, for Bishop, of Talbot Street, said: “The whole proceedings have been a rather large wake-up call for her."

Prosecutors accepted her plea of guilty to simple possession after Wray admitted being the one concerned in the dealing.

Judge Crowson told her: “Any amount of complaint of sciatica will not justify your possession of cannabis.

“If you persist, you might also find that it impacts on your abilities to be a mother and others might intervene.”

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7:53pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

Those children are at high risk and no way should they be left in her care. It's shameful how many chances people are given before the authorities intervene ... and the poor children are always the losers ... pathetic.
Those children are at high risk and no way should they be left in her care. It's shameful how many chances people are given before the authorities intervene ... and the poor children are always the losers ... pathetic. Davy Crocket
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7:20pm Thu 22 Nov 12

jww198 says...

High risk of what exactly Davey Crocket.........Ther
e mam goes out the back for the odd spliff when there in bed hardly crime of the year......And i wasnt a dealer of anphetimines in any way shape or form infact we had never seen it in our lives i pleaded guilty because she was going to get done for it.........it was in an old broken feezer out her back yard what had been there since she moved in the house......So give your head a wobble will ya ya little crettin.........My kids are better looked after than you ya fool
High risk of what exactly Davey Crocket.........Ther e mam goes out the back for the odd spliff when there in bed hardly crime of the year......And i wasnt a dealer of anphetimines in any way shape or form infact we had never seen it in our lives i pleaded guilty because she was going to get done for it.........it was in an old broken feezer out her back yard what had been there since she moved in the house......So give your head a wobble will ya ya little crettin.........My kids are better looked after than you ya fool jww198
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7:35pm Thu 22 Nov 12

jww198 says...

Also the bagged up cannabis dotted around the house they refer to was £20 worth and not bagged up in anyway and was in the top of the wardrobe with a packet of rizzla........and the amount of amphetimines what where found was actually worth £40 and was not even ours it was the bloke who lived in this house before us in his old freezer.....I know this because he has since told us and apologised as i know him
Also the bagged up cannabis dotted around the house they refer to was £20 worth and not bagged up in anyway and was in the top of the wardrobe with a packet of rizzla........and the amount of amphetimines what where found was actually worth £40 and was not even ours it was the bloke who lived in this house before us in his old freezer.....I know this because he has since told us and apologised as i know him jww198
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11:59pm Thu 22 Nov 12

G Harris says...

Yeah, the Police often mistake £40 worth of speed for £216 worth.
Yeah, the Police often mistake £40 worth of speed for £216 worth. G Harris
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12:47am Fri 23 Nov 12

billyboy60 says...

g harris no the police dont mistake the value of the drugs they over estimate the value so that defendants receive a harsher penalty and you can ask any barrister if this is fact and chalenge you to disprove this if you are so sure.
g harris no the police dont mistake the value of the drugs they over estimate the value so that defendants receive a harsher penalty and you can ask any barrister if this is fact and chalenge you to disprove this if you are so sure. billyboy60
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