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Drug dealer had Ecstasy at festival


A DEALER who targeted a Maid- stone music festival to peddle Ec- stasy tablets has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Joe Phillips (pictured) was ar-


rested after attending The Social Fes- tival at the Kent County Show- ground, Detling, on September 10, last year. Police had been alerted to reports of suspicious be- haviour at about 8pm, after the 25-


year-old had left the event and then tried to enter a pub in Maidstone High Street. The court heard Phillips ran from


the pub after security staff went to check a bag he was carrying, which contained drugs. Officers attended and found him in a car park in Med- way Street. The bag was found in a nearby


bin. Insidewere quantities of ecstasy tablets andMDMApowder. As Phillips was being taken into custody he told officers: “I don’t knowwhyI did it. Iwas just there to


earn a quick bit of money and it sort of went wrong. I went to the pub and theywent to searchmybag, so I made a quick run.” Astrip search later revealed more


drugs in a bag strapped to his thigh. Phillips confessed that he had hid- den them there to ensure hewas able to get in to the festival. Appearing at Maidstone Crown


Court, Phillips, formerly of Birnam Square, Maidstone, admitted pos- sessingMDMA(ecstasy) with intent to supply. Hewas sentenced to two years and four months in prison and an application was made by Kent Police to seize back any criminal gains.


Detective Constable Mark New-


mansaid: “Phillips attended a music festival with the sole intention of selling drugs to anyone willing to pay the right price, with little or no thought given to the potential risk or threat of harm to those he targeted. “Ecstasy is a dangerous and un- predictable Class A drug and the courts have rightly passed a custo- dial sentence. As he serves his time behind bars, hopefully, Phillips will ask himself if itwas really worth it.”


downsmail.co.uk Actress leads stage school


ACTRESS Jeylan Jacob has been appointed the new principal of a stage school in Maidstone. The 29-year-old says she intends using her creative expertise to


inspire a new generation of performers at Stagecoach Performing Arts Maidstone East. Jeylan (pictured)


trained for six years in performing arts, attending The Brit School, Doreen Bird and Arts Educational School, where she gained her masters degree in acting. After graduating, she


has worked mostly in theatre, both contemporary and classical. As well as acting, she


has always been passionate about teaching and has spent the last four years sharing her knowledge and skills as a teacher at Stagecoach. Jeylan is amum and wife and describes Stagecoach as the perfect fit


for her and her family. She said: “I am extremely excited about becoming principal and


cannot wait to get to know all the children and parents. I’m buzzing with creative ideas to build a strong syllabus that I hope will be fun, educational, stimulating and rewarding for the talented children of Stagecoach Maidstone East.” Stagecoach offers performing arts training to children aged four to 18


on Saturday at The Holmesdale School in Malling Road, Snodland. Classes run from September 16 to December 19.


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