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Award-winning bodybuilders admit steroid charges

Hull Live logo Hull Live 02/07/2022 Mark Naylor

Two award-winning bodybuilders and personal trainers, including a muscle-bound Mr Britain, have now admitted offences involving the potential supply of anabolic steroids.

Fitness fanatics Leon Levesley and Clair Willie appeared at Hull Crown Court where they changed their original pleas and entered guilty pleas. They had previously denied the two charges against each of them.

Levesley, 39, of Forge Court, Thorngumbald, admitted two offences of possessing anabolic steroids with intent to supply on February 14, 2019 at Thorngumbald and Keyingham. The anabolic steroids are Class C drugs.

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Willie, 36, of Ottringham Road, Keyingham, denied possessing anabolic steroids with intent to supply but admitted being concerned in the matter, again at Thorngumbald and Keyingham. Both had, during an earlier hearing before Hull Magistrates' Court on June 9, denied the matters and elected to have their cases dealt with through trial by jury.

The new pleas were acceptable to the prosecution, the court heard. Sentence was adjourned for reports and both defendants were warned that all options were open at the next hearing, including a prison sentence.

They were allowed unconditional bail until their next court appearance. The former partners completed in the British final of the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Association in 2017. Levesley came third in the Mr Class 1 category and Willie finished second in the ladies' toned figure category.

Levesley has previously said: "We are both feeling really good and positive. It is 100 per cent dedication. It takes over your life, to be honest. It is one of those sports where it is 24/7. You are training three times a day."

Levesley won at the NABBA Britain 2022 finals, run by the National Amateur Body-Builders' Association, and later said: "I'm absolutely buzzing! I was honestly not expecting this.

"It's always been a dream of mine to win a Britain title and I finally did it. It makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth it. I went into the overall but, unfortunately, didn't get it.

"But that doesn't dampen my spirits after I've won my Mr Britain title. Thank you everyone for all your supportive comments. They all do mean a lot to me."

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