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Dad’s shock at £40k drugs in hotel room

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A soldier was horrified to find bags of Class A drugs stashed in a hotel room in which he was staying with his four-year-old grandson.

Antony Beckett made the shock discovery at the Days Inn Hotel, Charnock Richard.

Mr Beckett, formerly of Wigan, had returned to the area to see his terminally ill mother in Wigan and Leigh Hospice who sadly passed away a few weeks after the incident.

One of her dying wishes was to see her granddaughter and great-grandson before she died so Mr Beckett booked in at the hotel – the only family room available in the area.

He said: “I noticed a piece of what I believed to be sticky tape on the edge of a light fitting. So with a hint of curiosity I gently tugged a small corner and to my astonishment, a large bag of Class A drugs fell out.”

Mr Beckett reported it to the police who told him if his grandson had taken even the smallest amount of the drugs – believed to be around £40,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and amphetamines – it would have killed him.

Mr Beckett said he was disappointed by the compensation offered to him.

He said: “All I have been after is a level of compensation commensurate to the level of humiliation and danger that Days Inn placed my family and I in.”

He said it made what was going to be an extremely difficult weekend even worse.

Bosses at Welcome Break, which manages the Days Inn chain, apologised for the incident.

Chief executive Rod McKie said: On behalf of Welcome Break and Days Inn, 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.

“As far as we are concerned, the matter has been dealt with.”

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We got a call on May 3 from Mr Beckett who was staying at the hotel and he had found bags behind a light fitting in the room. We attended the scene to get the bag which had further packages inside it.”

 

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