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Drug dealer pulled off his off-road bike as he tried to flee from a patrol car

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 17/01/2020 Amy Walker & Amanda Crook
a man riding a motorcycle posing for the camera: Bradley was found with cannabis worth £500, cocaine worth £200 and £90 cash © Anton Bradley/ Cavendish Press ( Bradley was found with cannabis worth £500, cocaine worth £200 and £90 cash

A hero PCSO threw a fugitive drug dealer off his bike as he tried to flee a police patrol.

The officer had been stood in the street when Anton Bradley, 27, hurtled towards him on his off-road machine.

He pushed Bradley off the bike causing him to clatter into the back of the stationary vehicle. He was arrested shortly afterwards.

The unnamed officer, who was on foot, later said he had shoved the father-of-three away to stop his bike ploughing into him.

At Manchester Crown Court, Bradley, of the city's Cheetham Hill district, was jailed for seven years and seven months after he admitted dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

a man that is standing in the grass: Bradley has been jailed for seven years and seven months © Anton Bradley/ Cavendish Press ( Bradley has been jailed for seven years and seven months

He also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply. He was  disqualified from driving for 76 months.

The incident occurred in September 2017 at 6pm when two PCSOs on patrol in Higher Broughton, Salford tried to quiz Bradley and a friend after they were spotted riding off road bikes around the area in a dangerous way.

Prosecutor Neil Ronan said: ''There was no attempt to stop, then they made off in different directions.  The defendant went onto the pavement and through some bollards. As they were approaching a junction, he entered as one of the officers was stood in the middle of the road.

''Both the defendant and the officer stepped to get out of the others way, and the officer pushed the defendant away from his direction, causing the defendant to eject from his driver’s seat and crash into the back of a parked vehicle.

It was quite a big crash. He picked himself up and he was bleeding. He made no reply to caution and admitting driving without any insurance although he initially denied dangerous driving. The situation was the officer pushed him causing him to collide with the car - the defendant didn’t intentionally hit the officer.

Bradley was found with cannabis worth £500, cocaine worth £200 and £90 cash © Anton Bradley/ Cavendish Press ( Bradley was found with cannabis worth £500, cocaine worth £200 and £90 cash

''He says in his basis of plea he didn’t intend to drive into the officer and that was accepted. His intention was to escape and evade capture. He did not intent to harm him, he wanted to get away.''

Mr Ronan added: “Regarding the drugs indictment, this actually occurred on 15th September 2016 at 6pm when officers were on mobile patrol in the Cheetham Hill area.  They saw a silver a Ford Focus parked in an alleyway and the defendant and another Male were stood nearby. As they approached the vehicle, the males in the car, and the defendant and the other man ran off leaving the vehicle to be examined.

“On examination 50 snapbags containing cannabis were found, two mobile phones and £90 in cash as also recovered. A plastic carrier bag was also discovered containing more snapbags and two packets of self seal snap bags. There were also six snapbags containing white powder, later found to be cocaine.

“On Wednesday 23 November, police went into Cheetham Hill and arrested the defendant for an unrelated matter. He was interviewed under caution and it was put to him what his involvement was. He initially denied any involvement.

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'But after later DNA testing, his finger prints were found to be on the outside bags of the cocaine. When asked about the Ford Focus he explained it was a team car.

“When asked why he ran off he explained that he saw his friend running away and told officers: 'I’m not telling the truth if they’re not'. 

Tests showed the cocaine was 90 per cent purity. The total street value for the cannabis was £500 and for cocaine it was estimated to be £210.''

Bradley had two previous convictions for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and other offences of dangerous driving on his record. He was sentenced under ''third strike'' rule, which applies for defendants who commit the offence of possession with intent to supply three times.

In mitigation, his defence lawyer Matthew Howarth said: “It is true that he was selling drugs for his own use and to rid himself of the growing drug trade. Regarding the driving matter, it is clear the two of them were trying to avoid each other and both stepped in the wrong direction.

“He has also admitted a breach of bail offence, and he tells me on the day he was meant to attend court, he was going through ongoing family court issues. He accepts he did not surrender for two years after that. These offences were committed some time ago. He had ongoing family issues at the time. He has three children and he wants to dedicate his future to his family.”

Sentencing Bradley, the judge Mr Recorder Mark Ford said: “You have said your intention is to dedicate your life to your children. If you continue to engage with criminal activity, the sentences are just going to get longer and longer.”

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