Barnsley man loses appeal against 11-year prison sentence

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A man jailed for 11 years has lost an appeal against the length of his sentence.

Carl Warburton, aged 36, of Stonehill Rise, Cudworth, Barnsley, was jailed for three assaults, dangerous driving, conspiracy to steal and to supply heroin.

He challenged the jail term but judges at the Court of Appeal ruled that the sentence was fully justified.

The court heard Warburton and accomplices were involved in the theft of 1.8 million smuggled cigarettes from a lorry and £180,000 worth of heroin.

Warburton pleaded guilty on the basis that he was a lookout during the theft of the cigarettes.

He was to be paid £10,000 for his role, but when his accomplices could not get the money together, he agreed to take half-a-kilo of heroin instead.