Mum who used home as ‘crack house’ threatened with jail

Burnley Crown Court.

Burnley Crown Court.

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A Nelson mum who allowed her home to be used as a crack house has been given a suspended jail term.

Leah George (26) had lived at the property on Carleton Street, where a “substantial amount” of drugs had been found, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Either I give you a chance and you go and see probation for help or I send you to prison

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George had originally been given a community order for the offence, but flouted the order and she was resentenced by Judge Beverley Lunt.

George had earlier pleaded guilty to permitting premises at Carleton Street to be used for the supplying of Class A drugs, on February 16th.

She had denied possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply on the same date and the prosecution did not proceed with that charge.

On Thursday George, who was recently living at Napier Street, Nelson, but is now homeless, admitted breaching the community order.

George, who had not gone to probation, told the court: “I got kicked out of my house and I was going here, there and everywhere.”

The defendant, who said she had previously been taking drugs, said she had been to Inspire, the treatment service.

Judge Lunt said she had only sentenced George on June 25th. She said she just didn’t see the community order working now as the defendant was “too haphazard”.

The judge told the defendant: “Either I give you a chance and you go and see probation for help or I send you to prison.”

She gave George three months in custody, suspended for a year.