Organised crime trial delayed

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THE trial of 13 people charged with offences including supplying class A drugs, money laundering and fraud has been adjourned until November 21.

The 12-week case had been due to get underway at Preston Crown Court on June 6.

It comes in the wake of police raids carried out last July as part of Operation Bespoke, which targeted organised crime in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Jason Diprose, 25, of Austwick Road, Lancaster, will face trial charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He admitted conspiracy to supply class B drugs, and fraud by false representation.

Anthony Diprose, 26, of Roeburn Drive, Morecambe, has denied conspiracy to supply class A drugs and a proceeds of crime offence, but has pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation,

Lauren Padgett, 26, Roeburn Drive, Morecambe, has pleaded not guilty to a proceeds of crime offence but has admitted fraud by false representation.

Aiden Higgins, 20, of Dee Road, Lancaster, has denied conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Liam Wiper, 23, of Euston Grove, Morecambe, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Andrew Gunningham, 29, of Ryelands Road, Lancaster, has denied conspiracy to supply class B drugs but admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Katie Noon, 24, of Austwick Road, Lancaster, has pleaded not guilty to a proceeds of crime offence

Lynda Padgett, 45, of South Grove, Morecambe, Paul Noon, 29, of Austwick Road, Lancaster and Rachel Lynch, 41 and Paul Lynch, 44, both of Tarnbrook Road, Lancaster, have denied money laundering.

Kenneth Smith, 22, of Acre Court, Mainway, Lancaster, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Brian Coulton, 19, of Tarnsyke Road, Lancaster, has denied conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Two defendants will not face trial after admitting all of the charges against them.

Liam Parkinson, 24, of Earl Street, Lancaster, has admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class B drugs and possession of a firearm.

David Threlfall, 27, of Artle Place, Lancaster, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs.