A TEENAGE dad who narrowly escaped a prison sentence a year ago has appeared in court again – to be praised by magistrates.
Vale Royal Youth Court heard on Wednesday how 18-year-old James Edwards has made “excellent” progress since pleading guilty to supplying heroin in July 2007.
Edwards, of Bradbury Road, Winsford, was made the subject of a 24-month Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme (ISSP) – the most severe non-custodial sentence available for under 18s - in the wake of Cheshire Police’s anti-drugs Operation Crackdown.
But, after hearing glowing tributes from the Youth Offending Team, magistrates decided to revoke the order. “It’s an excellent report, it’s clear everything’s going well,” said chairwoman of the bench, Moira Chapman.
Edwards’ mum told the court: “I’ve got my son back.”
The bench said they were prepared to reward the defendant’s progress by giving him a fresh chance. Mrs Chapman said: “It’s always good to see that some of these orders work. It’s with absolute pleasure we’re going to revoke the order.