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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Children kept in squalid drug house by Cumbrian couple

A couple who exposed two young children to drugs and used needles in a “revolting” house have admitted child neglect.

Millom parents photo

Michael Street, 47, and Laura O’Shea, 33, were told they could be jailed after their children were found to be living in squalid conditions.

The pair appeared at crown court to admit two charges each of neglecting the children, aged one and three, between October 1, 2012 and June 27, 2013.

A previous hearing was told methadone bottles and cans of beer were found in the toddler’s bedroom, and used needles were left lying around the property. The court heard the children had been taken into care and would be adopted.

O’Shea also admitted possessing amphetamines.

The pair were caught after a visit by social services last June, who reported the house was “filthy” and there was no food in the kitchen. The court heard Street, of Holborn Hill, Millom, had only been living in O’Shea’s home in Windsor Street for a month when the discovery was made.

Judge Paul Batty QC, sitting at Barrow Crown Court, adjourned the hearing for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, and granted the pair conditional bail.

He said: “The children have been adopted and the state of the house was, frankly, revolting.”

At a previous hearing, Lisa Hine, prosecuting, had asked the court to impose a reporting restriction on the case, preventing the identities of the children, and therefore the defendants, from being published.

But the restriction was overturned after a legal challenge.

The couple are due to be sentenced at Preston later this month.

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