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Steroid factory in Maidstone

A MAN who used his Maidstone home to run a business selling an- abolic steroids has been jailed for two years. Police seized tablets, powders

and vials of liquids containing banned substances including testosterone, during a search of Brett Wiltshire’s Calder Road property last year. During the search, on September

24, 2015, drugs recovered included almost 3,000 tablets, which Wilt- shire had produced. He had embossed many of these

with a Superman logo. Officers also discovered books

on how to manufacture steroids and files containing records of cus- tomer orders. Kent Police found howWiltshire,

41, had been purchasing the steroids from a number of suppli- ers, many who were based in China.

Further checks highlighted sub- stantial transactions into and from his bank accounts. Between April, 2015 and April,

2016 Wiltshire made deposits of more than £122,000. During the same period, payments out from

the accounts totalled around £121,000. Wiltshirewas charged inAugust,

2016 with 11 offences of being con- cerned in the supply of Class C drugs. At Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, November 25 he was sentenced to 2 years in prison, hav- ing previously pleaded guilty to all the charges. Detective Constable Marc Symonds, who led the investiga- tion, said: “Steroids remain a pro- hibited drug, which should only by legally purchased by medical prescription. “However, as this case has shown, they are often illegally bought online or through other sources. “Wiltshire was involved in the

sale of steroids on a commercial scale. His actions greatly increased the dangers to those who bought, and ultimately used, these sub- stances. “The risks from misusing steroids are more serious than many people think and can include heart attacks, strokes and other po- tentially fatal conditions.”

Marple A new era for refurbished pub

THE Potting Shed in Langley (pictured) has opened its doors to the public to rave reviews. It follows a dramatic change of fortune for the former 16th century

Crown and Horseshoes pub on the Sutton Road with months of work and amajor investment. Villagers enjoyed the first look around the extended and refurbished in-

terior with a free tasting before the official opening. The pub had closed for several years before its renovation. The re-opening brings Elite’s portfolio of pubs across Kent and Sussex to

seven. The company founder, Martial Chaussy, fromHollingbourne, prides himself on a reputation for turning round run-down pubs. Here, he has continued his crusade to resurrect the community pub, opening early for breakfast and serving coffee all daywhile creating a taste of London dining in the heart of Langley. It’s a recipe that has worked for the firm elsewhere, with other popular restaurants in the group including the Dirty Habit at Hollingbourne and the Farm House inWest Malling. The roof is part-cloaked with natural grasses and there is a vaulted din-

ing room, which opens onto a large terrace and garden. There is also a wood-fired pizza oven and a “theatre kitchen”, visible to diners, and an on- site herb and vegetable garden. A private function roomcaters for up to 35 guests, which will be hosting its first parties in time for Christmas.

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