Two face jail af­ter crime crack­down

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TWO men ar­rested as part of a po­lice crack­down on drugs in the town are fac­ing jail af­ter ad­mit­ting their crimes.

Mar­cus Hol­land, 19, was be­hind the wheel of a car that hit a pedes­trian dur­ing a po­lice chase across Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

Dur­ing the mile long pur­suit on May 5, the Vaux­hall Corsa that Hol­land was driv­ing caused mi­nor in­juries to the man on Park Green near the Ceno­taph.

The court heard that po­lice in an un­marked car had ap­proached Hol­land when he was parked in Wind­mill Street and he sped off to­wards Mill Street and dumped the car on Sa­muel Street.

Hol­land, of Play­fair Street, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court.

He was re­manded in cus­tody and will be sen­tenced at the same court on Au­gust 19.

Mark An­thony Watt, 44, ad­mit­ted as­sault, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply crack co­caine and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply di­amor­phine af­ter he was caught with the class A drugs in Mac­cles­field on May 7.

Watt, of An­son Road, Manch­ester, will be sen­tenced on Au­gust 20.

The ar­rests were made dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, an un­der­cover crack­down on illegal drugs dur­ing April and May.

Po­lice said they tar­geted a ‘new gen­er­a­tion’ of deal­ers who were ped­alling nar­cotics by run­ning mo­bile oper­a­tions from cars.

The crack­down by Cheshire Po­lice was their latest at­tempt to tackle the drugs trade in the town and fol­lows on from Op­er­a­tion Dizi in 2013 and Op­er­a­tion Dres­den in 2014.

Hol­land and Watt are the ninth and tenth peo­ple con­victed as part of the op­er­a­tion.

Oth­ers in­clude: David Hunter, 34, of Stoneleigh Close, Mac­cles­field, who ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing crack co­caine and heroin; Thomas David Lee Jack­son, 18, of Wen­lock Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of co­caine; James John Wellings Bar­low, 19, of Au­gusta Drive, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of cannabis; Craig John Allen, 32, of East Park Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of heroin; Sam Chris­tian John Is­gar, 28, of By­ron Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of co­caine and cannabis; Thomas David Brown, 30, of War­wick Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted shoplift­ing; Mar­cus Mel­lor, 23, ad­mit­ted bur­glary; Mark Good­win, of Pitt Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a knife.

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