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Police discovered that a Stamford mother had been supplying cannabis, after pulling over the car she was in due to it having a faulty rear light.

Lucy Gardner, 31, of Radcliffe Road, Stamford, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis, when she appeared before Grantham magistrates on Monday.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross said that it was at about 10.30pm on July 21 that police pulled over a red Nissan Micra on Foundry Road because it had a broken rear light.

On stopping the car, the officers spoke to a male driver and Gardner who was in the passenger seat. They could immediately smell cannabis on both occupants.

As they spoke to the driver, Gardner left the vehicle and tried to walk away, but was stopped by the officers. They discovered 13 grammes of cannabis in the footwell of the car, and the pair were arrested.

Several mobile phones were also subsequently seized, including one which Gardner confirmed belonged to her. Miss Ross told the court that on this phone were a total of 22,000 text messages, including those which indicated the supply of drugs and dating back over three years.

The earliest text message in relation to drugs was dated December 31, 2012.

Rob Arthur, defending, highlighted how this arrest had come about as part of a routine car stop, and that his client who is a mother had ‘no previous convictions whatsoever’.

Mr Arthur also asked Gardner to be given credit for her early guilty plea.

After deliberation the magistrates decided that this offence fell outside of their jurisdiction, and the case has been sent for sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court on May 16. Until then Gardner remains on unconditional bail.

l A 22-year-old father-of-five has pleaded guilty to stealing a tablet computer worth £115 from a Bourne supermarket.

Christopher Dean Collins of Wood View, Bourne, admitted committing the theft from Sainsbury’s on December 17 last year.

Describing the incident to Grantham magistrates, prosecutor Jim Clare said the defendant was seen on the store’s CCTV, at first leaving with a trolley of legitimately paid for items.

However, Collins was then seen returning and taking a brown box from the electrical department. After removing the security tag, he exited again without paying for the HP tablet computer inside.

Police subsequently attended Collins’ address where he admitted the theft and produced the stolen computer.

Julian Sheen, defending, outlined that his client has been in solid employment for around two years, and that he and his partner have five children, including seven-year-old twins and a nine-month-old.

“He accepts what he did was wrong. It is an isolated incident,” said Mr Sheen.

Collins was fined £75, and must also pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge. “It was a bit stupid,” said magistrates’ chair Richard Tollemache, “And it is going to put financial pressure on your family.”


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