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Barnoldswick sex offender found with Lancashire Police computer
9:00am Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
A CONVICTED sex offender turned drug dealer was found to have a Lancashire Police computer at his home when it was searched, a court heard.
Neil Byas, 26, who breached the sex offenders' register as he had not told police where he was living, had kept a £2,800 stash of cocaine and ecstasy worth almost £1,000 in the glove box of his mother's car.
He claimed he found the PDA computer, which was clearly marked as the property of Lancashire Constabulary, in a park while walking his dog, Burnley Crown Court was told.
Byas was caught after a midnight chase as he tried to shake off the police.
The defendant, who had crashed through a hedge and ended up in a field, was said to be a 'mid market' drugs seller who was supplying to street dealers. Officers discovered many drugs-related messages on his phone and that he had a 'well-established' customer base.
The defendant is now starting a three-and-half year jail term, after admitting possessing cocaine and ecstasy with intent to supply, dangerous driving, failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sexual offenders' register and theft of the computer.
Byas, of South Parade, Barnoldswick, was banned for 12 months and must take an extended test.
David Macro, prosecuting, said on April 5, police followed Byas into Foulridge after he failed to slow down at a Give Way sign and clocked up more than 60mph in a 30mph zone. They used their blue lights and headlights to try and stop him as he continued to drive erratically on a country road. He crashed and was arrested trying to climb out of the vehicle.
Officers discovered 54.9 grams of cocaine in two snap bags in the glove box and a further 13.9 grams in another bag. They also found 98 ecstasy tablets and the computer was in a set of drawers at his mother's home. His mother told police the car was hers, Byas didn't have permission to drive it and didn't even have a licence.
He admitted not telling police of a change of address within three days, which he was required to do as a registered sex offender.