Hodthorpe: Jail for drug dealer who implicated police officer girlfriend

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A former police officer who offered to supply cocaine to a friend with the help of her Hodthorpe lover has been spared jail.

Sarah Greaves, who served as a police constable in Doncaster, sent text messages arranging to pick up the class A drug from Adam Dickinson, Sheffield Crown Court heard yesterday.

The 29-year-old, of Market Place, Epworth, wept as she was handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence.

Dickinson, 31, of Birch Road, Hodthorpe, was jailed for 18 months.

Anthony Dunne, prosecuting, said the pair were having a ‘clandestine’ relationship when the offences occurred as Greaves was still married and living with her husband.

The court heard they exchanged a number of text messages between August and October 2012, with Greaves asking Dickinson for access to drugs on behalf of her friend, ‘Vix’.

They were arrested in February 2013 after Dickinson’s phone records were analysed by police in relation to a separate drugs investigation.

During questioning, Greaves said her text messages were just a ruse to test whether or not Dickinson would supply drugs to her.

Defending Dickinson, Gul Nawaz Hussain said: “He had entered into a relationship with his co-accused and he was eager to impress her.”

“He isn’t the first man to do something stupid to impress a member of the opposite sex and I’m sure he won’t be the last.”

Kath Goddard, defending Greaves, said her force superiors had called her a ‘talented young officer’.

She said: “The only thing Sarah Greaves ever wanted to do with her life was to be a police officer. But she has now lost all of that.”

Greaves admitted being concerned in an offer to supply cocaine. She was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Dickinson admitted being involved in making an offer to supply cocaine, and dealing MCAT separately. He was jailed for 18 months.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “Greaves was a former officer who betrayed the trust of the public and her hardworking colleagues.”

“Her actions are totally at odds with the values of South Yorkshire Police; she is now a criminal.”