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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Toddlers in Millom house with needles and drugs

A MILLOM couple who exposed toddlers to drugs and used needles in a “revolting” house have avoided jail.

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SENTENCED Laura Ann O’Shea, 33, of Windsor Street, Millom, and Michael Street, 47, of Holborn Hill, who pleaded guilty to child neglect charges and were sentenced yesterday

Michael Street, 47, of Holborn Hill, Millom, and Laura Ann O’Shea, 33, of Windsor Street, Millom, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

The pair had admitted two charges each of neglecting the children, aged one and three, between October 1, 2012 and June 27, 2013 at Barrow Crown Court last month.

A previous hearing was told methadone bottles and cans of beer were found in the toddler’s bedroom, and used needles were left lying around the property.

The court heard the children had been taken into care and adopted.

O’Shea was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, for the child neglect charges.

She also received a three-month sentence for possessing amphetamines suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, 150 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Street received a 15-month sentence suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, 120 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

The pair were caught after a visit by social services in June last year, which reported the house was “filthy” and there was no food in the kitchen. The court heard Street had only been living in O’Shea’s home for a month when the discovery was made.

During their appearance in March His Honour Judge Mr Paul Batty QC said in Barrow Crown Court: “The children have been adopted and the state of the house was, frankly, revolting.”

At a previous hearing in Furness Magistrates’ Court, Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, had asked the court to impose a reporting restriction on the case, preventing the identities of the children, and therefore the defendants, from being published.

However, after a legal challenge from the Evening Mail, the restriction was overturned due to overriding public interest.

Have your say

scum and the problem is more and more of them are being moved to millom by the authorities.

Posted by teresa green on 4 April 2014 at 11:25

vile scum! I'm suprised social services did anything about it though as around the west cumbria area they are totally useless. They are not interested in any childs wellfair until, in thier words, "something serious happens".

Posted by tony on 4 April 2014 at 11:20

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