Two drug dealers were jailed after automated cameras spotted their suspicious behaviour in Walton.

Marcus Platts, 48, of Grangewood Drive, Sunbury, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine, and driving without insurance and a licence.

Mohamed Ibrahim, 29, of St Marks Road, Kensington, London, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and receiving stolen goods.

Both men were jailed for three years following what Surrey Police described as a "painstaking operation" which involved tracking the movements of a car used by the pair with Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

On February 13, 2019, officers noticed Platts and Ibrahim driving a car they suspected to be involved in criminal activity in Walton.

They followed the car until it stopped in Terrace Road. Further enquiries revealed the car had been stolen in October 2018. The car had also been fitted with cloned plates.

The pair were searched and arrested after officers found drugs, cash and two mobile phones on Ibrahim.

Officers found more drugs after searching Mr Ibrahim when he was brought into custody.

The drugs were later found to be heroin and cocaine, valued at a total of approximately £1,300.

Officers suspected the pair had been dealing drugs for considerable time so, using Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, tracked their car’s previous movements.

Inspector Dallas McDermott, Borough Commander for Elmbridge, said: "The team has worked tirelessly to ensure that another two drug dealers are off the streets of Elmbridge for a significant period of time.

"I hope that this sends a clear message that anyone considering dealing drugs in Elmbridge will be caught and dealt with.

"Mr Ibrahim was found with several wraps of cocaine and heroin and I am delighted he is now behind bars

"Mr Platts has a history of offending and has been known to officers since 1985. He has a total of 47 convictions for 163 offences over the last 30 years. The fact that he is off the streets will be a huge relief to the Elmbridge community."