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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Couple who kept children in squalid drug house sentenced

A couple who exposed toddlers to drugs and used needles in a “revolting” house have avoided jail.

Street and O
Laura Ann O’Shea and Michael Street

Michael Street, 47, of Holborn Hill, Millom and Laura Ann O’Shea, 33, of Windsor Street, Millom, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

The pair had admitted two charges each of neglecting the children, aged one and three, between October 1, 2012 and June 27, 2013 at Barrow Crown Court last month.

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 adopted.

O’Shea was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, for the child neglect charges.

She also received a three-month sentence for possessing amphetamines suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, 150 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Street received a 15-month sentence suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, 120 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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

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