Bridlington man jailed for six months after being caught with 250 Class C tablets

A Bridlington man who was found in possession of 250 tablets of Class C status has been jailed for six months following a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 12:05 pm
Bridlington man Joshua Ingham has been jailed for six months.

Joshua Ingham was stopped and searched by BTP County Lines Taskforce officers at Bridlington railway station in December 2019.

Ingham, 24, of St Andrew Road, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of Class C at Kingston-upon-Hull Crown Court on December 18 last year.

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

At just after 1pm on December 9, 2019, officers from BTP’s County Lines Taskforce at Bridlington railway station observed Ingham being handed money by another man in exchange for a small white packet of tablets.

Officers approached Ingham and he was stopped and searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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

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.

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 405040.”