Face of Colne drug dealer used in leaflet campaign

John Lyall behind bars (S)
John Lyall behind bars (S)

THE mug-shot of a prolific drug dealer, jailed for five years seven months for possession with intent to supply heroin, is to feature in a leaflet campaign.

John Lyall, of Milton Road, Colne, was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court earlier this month after pleading guilty.

Lyall was arrested in October after police raided an address in Ruskin Avenue, Colne, and seized over 80 wraps of heroin. The action came after complaints from locals and followed an investigation by Pennine Division’s Targeted Crime Team.

The leaflets, which read “Five years seven months - thanks to you”, have been handed out to residents in the Ruskin Avenue, Talbot Street, Tennyson Road, Milton Road, Judge Fields and Birtwistle Avenue areas of Colne.

They are designed to inform communities how long criminals have been sent to prison for and reassure them about action taken by the police.

Sgt Martin Storey said: “Lyall has been involved in the supply of heroin across Colne and the length of this sentence reflects the impact his actions were having on the community.

“This clearly illustrates to the people of Colne that police take drug dealing very seriously and the leaflets will reassure residents we will always act on information given to us.

“Police are committed to reducing drug dealing and we will continue to do everything within our power to identify those responsible and bring people like Lyall to justice.”

Anyone with information about drugs can contact the police non-emergency number 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, people can report crime on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.