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Great Yarmouth woman given last chance by judge for drugs offences

PUBLISHED: 16:36 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 21 April 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A vulnerable woman who admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs has been given a last chance by a judge.

Kelly Broome, 30, from King Street, Great Yarmouth, was arrested last August, following a drugs search at her address.

Raj Joshi, prosecuting, said police found a locked box containing cash and dealer notes under her bed.

He said there were references found in the notes which quite clearly referred to drug dealing and also a list of names.

Mr Joshi said that two mobile phones were also seized with messages relating to drug dealing along with a set of scales.

He said that a small amount of cannabis for Broome’s own personal use was also discovered at the address and in total £285 in cash was recovered.

He said that it was clear that Broome was involved in street dealing but accepted it was under direction of others and said she had played a “lesser role.”

Broome admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. She also admitted possession of a small amount of cannabis for her own personal use.

The court heard she had three convictions for dishonesty but no drugs matters.

After hearing that Broome had a number of difficulties and had been involved in past abusive relationships, Judge Katharine Moore sentenced her to two years in jail suspended for 21 months and fined her £25 for cannabis possession.

She told Broome she would reserve any breach of the order to herself and warned if she failed she would have no choice but to activate the sentence and send her to prison: “Make this the very last time you are before the courts. It is most unlikely you will shown this depth of leniency again.”

David Stewart, for Broome, said she was a vulnerable person and suffered from depression and anxiety and had got herself caught up in the “murky and unpleasant world” of drugs.

He said: “She has made a lot of mistakes.”

Mr Stewart said she was now getting help from various agencies to extricate herself from the drugs world and improve her self-esteem.

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