School governor jailed after drug cash find

Linda Wisdom, 52, of Dunelt Road, Blackpool
Linda Wisdom, 52, of Dunelt Road, Blackpool

A PRIMARY school governor and her husband – described as fine, upstanding pillars of the community – were today behind bars after £162,000 of drugs cash was found stuffed in carrier bags hidden in their central Blackpool home.

Linda Wisdom, 52, and her husband Anthony, 55, of Dunelt Road, took part in church activities and ran a reputable business.

But they were laundering cash for a relative police believe was running a large-scale drugs operation.

Mrs Wisdom had held the position of Chair of Governors at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School in Blackpool – and was even named ‘Governor of the Year’ in 2006.

Police officers discovered almost £162,000 stuffed into Farmfoods carrier bags and stashed under their bed, in a wardrobe, and left lying on the floor, during a raid, which took place as part of an operation into the drug dealing activities of Anthony Wisdom’s step brother, Paul Turai.

He had been under surveillance when he visited the Wisdom’s home after making a suspected drugs deal in Preston on May 3. This prompted officers to get a search warrant.

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