A drug dealer who turned his home into a hub for heroin and cocaine has been locked up.

Ian Hall was sentenced to just over five years after admitting possessing drugs with intent to supply.

His Widnes property was targeted by police search teams in February.

Officers found heroin and cocaine valued at £2,500 and Class C drug lorazepam when they executed a warrant in Margaret Court.

Seven mobile phones, £600 in cash and drug paraphernalia - including three sets of digital scales - were also found at the address.

The 52-year-old was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and possession of lorazepam.

He pleaded guilty to each of the charges and was sentenced to five years and 219 days at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Roberts, of Widnes' Local Policing Unit, said: “Hall was using his home as a base for his class A drug dealing activity.

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“These drugs have a detrimental impact on our towns and cities and removing those involved in drug dealing from our communities is of paramount importance.

“I am delighted that Hall is now behind bars and no longer able to blight the area with Class A drugs and I hope that this case and the custodial sentence handed to Hall sends out a clear message to other potential criminals that the use and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Widnes or elsewhere in Cheshire.

*Anyone with details about drug dealing can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111