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Dealers jailed after being arrested on drive back from prison


Two drug dealers are back behind bars after one gave the other a lift home from prison despite them being banned from associating with each other.

Cheshire Police said Dean Potter, 24, and Callum Pope, 22, were slapped with Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) in 2019 in a bid to curb their “repeated involvement” in antisocial behaviour, selling drugs and threatening behaviour in the town.

Despite this, at 10am on Friday Potter picked up Pope from HMP Risley in Warrington after his release from prison to drive him back to Runcorn.

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They made it as far as Daresbury Expressway in east Runcorn where officers spotted them travelling in Pope’s grey Ford Focus. Potter, of Victoria Road, Runcorn, and Pope, of Lime Grove, Runcorn, were later charged with breaching their CBOs.

The pair appeared at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Saturday where they pleaded guilty to the breach.



Callum Pope, 22, of Lime Grove Runcorn, has returned to prison for breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order.
Callum Pope, 22, of Lime Grove Runcorn, has returned to prison for breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Pope was jailed for eight months and told to pay a £156. Potter was given six months in prison and must pay a £128 surcharge.

Following the sentencing Chief Inspector Andrew Blizard, of Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said: “It is beyond belief that Pope would breach the terms of his CBO within minutes of being released from prison by getting a lift home from Potter.

“The pair were well aware that they were banned from associating with each other, yet they chose to get into a car together. As a result of that action both of the men are now behind bars.”

The pair’s convictions include in 2019 for conspiracy to supply the Class B drug cannabis.





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