THIS time last year we published photos of drug dealers posing with weapons including a crossbow and a sword together with wads of cash.

The photos were taken from the mobile phones of Tommy Lee Jauncey and Kane Ingram who have admitted conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin in Worcester, providing a glimpse of the city's criminal underbelly.

Jauncey, 23, previously of St George’s Lane, Worcester, Scott Fewtrell, 28, of Chedworth Drive, Worcester, and their driver, 28-year-old Jake Cox, had already admitted conspiracy to cause Luke Bridger actual bodily harm.

However, Ingram , 21, of Saddlers Walk, Worcester, and 35-year-old drugs ‘boss’ Asgar Khalfe were cleared of conspiracy to harm Mr Bridger at their trial at Worcester Crown Court in December last year.

Khalfe, previously of Townley Gardens, Aston, Birmingham admitted both drugs conspiracies between January 1 and August 31, 2017. Mr Bridger, described by the prosecution as a ‘rival dealer’, had talked to Ingram of robbing Ozzie (Khalfe) and had tried to recruit Ingram and according to the prosecution wanted to ‘asset strip’ his business, taking his dealers, his contacts and his customer base.

However, when Ingram did not attend a meeting with Mr Bridger the two exchanged personal insults and threats over Facebook Messenger.

Ingram said in the witness box that the two met in Cripplegate Park in Worcester and Mr Bridger punched him in the face. Matters came to a head on August 30, 2017 when Jauncey fired a blank pistol at Mr Bridger’s home in the city’s Carlisle Road as a child cowered in fear.

During the same incident Fewtrell discharged a crossbow at ‘head height’, damaging the frame of the door.

The prosecution had claimed that Khalfe ordered ‘the hit’ on the Bridger home even though he was not present and that Ingram was aware of the plot because he was in Durrant’s in Mealcheapen Street when the blank firing pistol was bought.

Both men were unanimously cleared by a jury of 12 women. Before the attack the orange gun was painted black with paint from Poundland to make it look more like a real gun.

Khalfe and Ingram were sentenced for their role in the drugs conspiracies the next day alongside Cox and Jauncey who also pleaded guilty. Fewtrell, Cox and Jauncey were also sentenced for the conspiracy to harm Mr Bridger.

Cox was jailed for a total of two years and four months. Jauncey was jailed for nine years. Ingram was jailed for four years. Fewtrell was placed on a deferred sentence at a later hearing.

Khalfe - the drug operation's 'kingpin' - was allowed to vacate his pleas as judge Nicolas Cartwright recognised the 12 year sentence he is already serving for a drugs conspiracy was linked to the case.