Major drugs haul bust

Exterior of St Helens Courthouse
Exterior of St Helens Courthouse

A man has been charged after a £50,000 drugs haul in a van on the East Lancashire Road.

Alan Thomas Brierley, 45, of Rochdale, appeared at St Helens Magistrates’ Court, charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs after a quantity of what is suspected to be cannabis was discovered in a van on the East Lancashire Road.

He was also charged with the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

Officers stopped a white Renault van close to Windle Island at around 3.15pm on Thursday April 7.

A quantity of what is believed to be cannabis resin, with an estimated street value of around £50,000, was recovered from the van.

He entered no plea and he will now appear at Liverpool Crown Court on May 9.