Men face drug trials

SEVEN Skelmersdale men are due to be tried or sentenced for drug offences.

Barry Duke, 41, of Elmridge, faces sentencing at Preston Crown Court on October 5, after pleading guilty to seven counts of supplying heroin.

Richard Wood, 37, of Tanfields, stands trial at Liverpool Crown Court tomorrow, charged with seven counts of supplying heroin and one of possessing it with intent to supply.

Four others – Sean O’Malley, 38, John Farrimond, 37, John Pritchard, 42, and Martin Baxendale, 22 – face trial at Liverpool or Preston on heroin or cocaine charges in October, while Ashley Forrester, 26, will deny cannabis supply at Preston Crown Court.