‘BENEFITS ST’ STAR ON CO­CAINE CHARGE

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FOUR res­i­dents of TV’s Benefits Street have ap­peared in court ac­cused of con­spir­ing to sup­ply crack co­caine and heroin.

Among the de­fen­dants is Samora Roberts ( right), of James Turner Street, Win­son Green, Birm­ing­ham, who is also ac­cused of con­spir­ing to sup­ply cannabis and two counts of il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of ammunition.

A jury at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court heard the 33-year-old had pleaded not guilty to all the charges, with a trial ex­pected to last three weeks.

The jury has been se­lected only from peo­ple who have not watched the Chan­nel 4 re­al­ity show, which fo­cused on the day-to-day lives of the street’s res­i­dents.

Ms Roberts ap­peared in the dock, along­side Char­lene Wil­son, 31, Tina Thomas, 47, and 39-year-old Ian Wright, all of James Turner Street, who also deny sup­ply­ing crack co­caine, cannabis and heroin.

Judge Philip Parker QC ad­dressed po­ten­tial ju­rors, telling them that “... it might cause a prob­lem if you’ve watched the pro­gramme.”

The case con­tin­ues.

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