Hanley drug dealer who hurled racist abuse at police officer jailed

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A drug dealer who racially abused a police officer has been jailed for 18 months.

Thomas Fosbrook, 27, of Harding Road, Hanley, was involved in a disturbance on September 21, which saw police being called to Hanley.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how after a short chase, officers found Fosbrook hiding in a bush on Tesco car park.

Prosecutor Rupert Jones told the court that while being taken to the station, Fosbrook hurled extreme racial abuse towards an Asian police officer and spat in the police car.

While in custody, Fosbrook’s rucksack was searched and cannabis with a value of £240 plus £440 cash was found inside, the court heard.

Fosbrook pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, possession of a lock-knife, criminal damage and racial abuse.

Stuart Muldoon, defending, said: “He has had a troubled life and is living a chaotic lifestyle. He has two young children, who due to a dispute with his partner, he does not see.

“When drunk, he wallows in these thoughts.”

Sentencing Fosbrook, Judge Paul Glenn told him: “When arrested, you displayed utterly obnoxious behaviour.

“You are a street level dealer motivated by financial advantage.

“I am particularly concerned about the knife – it was in your waistband ready for immediate use. It is a worrying find on a drunk drug dealer.”

Fosbrook was sentenced to 14 months for the drug charges and four months for the count of concealing a weapon, which he will serve consecutively.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £900.

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