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Lowestoft pensioner gets 20 months for heroin dealing

PUBLISHED: 14:16 02 November 2012

A 70-year-old man has been jailed for 20 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin in Lowestoft.
Robert Beales is behind bars.

A 70-year-old man has been jailed for 20 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin in Lowestoft. Robert Beales is behind bars.

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A 70-YEAR-OLD drug dealer, with a reputation for causing problems in his community, has been jailed for supplying heroin.

Robert Beales, of Arnhem Court in north Lowestoft was sentenced to 20 months in prison when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

He had been arrested by police after being targeted by officers due to his notoriety.

Beales’s co-accused, Alexandra Burke, 32, of High Street, Lowestoft was spared an immediate jail term. However, she was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Beales and Burke had pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to being concerned in the supply of heroin – a Class A controlled drug.

Det Sgt Karl Storey, of the Lowestoft-based territorial support team, said he was pleased with Beales’s jail term, as he was well-known to officers and local peoplefor his anti-social behaviour.

Det Sgt Storey said: “It’s known he caused problems for residents in the Arnhem Court area through his anti-social behaviour and continued drug dealing, and he was actively targeted by police due to this.

“Officers were aware he was travelling to other residential areas to deal drugs and on Friday, December 16 last year, as part of the operation to target him, police stopped both Beale and Burke for drug searches.

“This was after Burke was seen going into an alleyway at Hadleigh Drive to supply another woman with heroin.

“Searches were then carried out at their home addresses and evidence seized.”

After further inquiries, both defendants were charged in May this year.

As a requirement of Burke’s suspended sentence, she must attend appointments with the probation service and must also take part in a women’s emotional well-being activity programme.

● Two people charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin were remanded in custody on Wednesday after a hearing at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court. Michael Cousins, 47, and Kelly Buckley, 25, both of Arnold Street, Lowestoft, are also charged with money laundering. They were remanded in custody pending their next appearance in court on Thursday.

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