Drug plot man fails in bid for freedom

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A member of a drugs gang that plotted to flood the streets of Fleetwood with heroin has had an appeal over his conviction turned down.

Paul Emsley, 46, was jailed for 14 years at Preston Crown Court last July after he was convicted by a jury of money laundering and plotting to deal in heroin.

Emsley, of Moss Nook, Burscough, near Ormskirk, supplied large quantities of the Class A drug to other criminals for distribution on the streets of Fleetwood.

The Court of Appeal this week rejected a claim the conviction was “unsafe” because a police officer sat on the jury.

Mr Justice Openshaw said the juror was “not partial” and also dismissed claims the sentence was excessive.