Soldier and child find drugs in hotel

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by Elizabeth Mistry

A soldier and his young grandson were escorted from a hotel after finding a hidden stash of drugs.

Anthony Beckett was staying at The Days Inn at Charnock Richard when he pulled a light switch and a bag fell out containing cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, believed to have a street value of approximately £40,000.

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He called the police who escorted them from the property but was later informed he was not a person of interest.

He told local newspaper, Wigan Today, the hotel put him and his family in danger by allocating them to that room..

The hotel had been raided by police just a few days previously. Mr Beckett said the hotel manager blamed police for not leaving the room clean and drug free following the raid.

Rod McKie, chief executive of Welcome Break which manages Days Inn Hotels told the paper:

“The gentleman concerned has been spoken to by several members of our management staff and I am aware he has approached numerous people at different companies regarding this.

“We have apologised profusely for this unfortunate incident. On behalf of Welcome Break and Days Inn (which we operate at Charnock Richard) we are satisfied that everything was done in line with good customer service and we have spoken to the gentleman concerned on numerous occasions since.”
The owner of the package has yet to contact the hotel’s lost property department

 

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