Pictured: Dangerous driving convict jailed for drugs offences at Telford hotels with female accomplice

By Deborah Hardiman | Telford | Crime | Published:

This is the face of the dangerous driver who crashed into a Telford grandmother's car leaving her with life-changing injuries.

Daniel Luke Jones

Daniel Luke Jones was already on bail for drugs offences when he was then arrested for causing serious injury to Linda Pitchford by dangerous driving, in Donnington Wood Way, on March 25 last year(2018).

Mrs Pitchford was airlifted to hospital with six broken ribs, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding and a damaged spleen which was subsequently removed as a result.

Now West Mercia Police has released an image of Jones, 25, who was caught drug dealing with co-defendant Gemma Buxton, 34, in hotels in the town after staff became suspicious of their behaviour.

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On January 11 last year staff at the Buckatree Hotel near Wellington contacted police concerned that a man and a woman staying in a room were smoking cannabis.

Officers arrived to find Jones and Buxton in the room. They seized 16 wraps of crack cocaine, more than five and half grams of cocaine and almost 30 grams of heroin. The pair also had a small amount of cannabis.

Jones and Buxton were then arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.


Gemma Buxton

A few weeks later in February 2018, police received a report from the Premier Inn near Donnington that staff were concerned that cannabis was being smoked on the premises.

Officers again arrived to find the pair in possession of illegal drugs. They seized 39 wraps of cocaine and six packages of heroin equating to just under one gram and a small amount of cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Jon Taylor, of Telford CID, who led the drugs investigation, praised both hotels for contacting police about their concerns.


He said: “Over the past few years a lot of work has been carried out with hotels, and other industries, to help staff spot the signs someone may being exploited or criminal activity is taken place.

"The actions of both hotels in this instance meant we were able to find two local dealers in possession of a large amount of drugs, taking drugs off the streets and ensuring the dealers were jailed.

“We know the misery drugs bring to our local communities and we will not stop in our efforts to take action against those responsible for drug dealing in Telford.”

Last week Jones and Buxton. both of Garden Close in Trench, were sentenced after pleading guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court to possession with intent to supply drugs.

Jones, formerly of Sutton Hill, was also given an extended road ban of seven years and three months relating to the crash. He also admitted causing serious injury to Mrs Pitchford by dangerous driving and for driving whilst disqualified.

He was jailed for a total of eight years and six months while Buxton, formerly of Oakengates, was sentenced to five years and six months for the drugs matters only.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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