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Clifton man jailed

Clifton man jailed

5:11pm 10th November 2010

A man from York has today been sentenced to twelve months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to three offences.

Darren Sholl, 40 of Rawcliff Drive, Clifton was prosecuted for drug possession with intent to supply and possession of a prohibited weapon, by the Yorkshire Trading Standards illegal money lending team.

He was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today (Wednesday 10th November 2010) and was ordered to serve ten months for drug related offences and two months for possession of the weapon consecutively. 

The team executed a warrant at Sholls home in June 2009. During the search they found a large quantity of steroids, a quantity of cannabis and a stun gun, all of which they seized and confiscated. Sholl was initially charged with illegal money lending, but these charges were later dropped.

The illegal money lending team, worked in partnership with North Yorkshire Police and York City Council during the investigation.

Tony Quigley, Head of the Yorkshire and Humber Trading Standards illegal money lending team said:

“Through investigating illegal lenders, we come across many other kinds of criminal activity, which is often closely linked. The illegal money lending team was put in place to investigate and prosecute despicable loan sharks, but as this case exemplifies, we have also had a significant reduction on other related crimes. We are taking criminals off the streets and making a positive impact on communities. In the past we have prosecuted for illegal money lending, blackmail, violence and even rape."

Our confidential hotline number is 0300 555 2222 and we would urge anyone aware of any illegal money lending activity to get in touch”

Detective Constable John Phillips, of York CID, said:

"This was a lengthy and complex investigation, during which North Yorkshire Police worked closely with the Trading Standards' Illegal Money Lending Team to successfully prosecute Darren Sholl. It is also a prime example of how co-operation between agencies is effective in bringing criminals to justice. With strong evidence gathered over the course of the investigation, Sholl had no choice but to plead guilty. I have never seen such a large quantity of steroids before. Their value alone suggests that Sholl would have profited greatly from their supply, possibly to the detriment of other people's health."

Matt Boxall, Trading Standards  Manager for the City of York Council said:

''The illegal money lending team are highly specialist in tackling loan sharks, that is precisely why we’ve teamed up with them. There are mechanisms in place to ensure intelligence is handled with utmost sensitivity.  We echo the call for anyone with any information to call the hotline.  As this case shows, you may hold the key to unlocking a host of serious offences.”

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