A drug dealer has been jailed after two men were stabbed at a hotel.

Leon Dodson first came to Sussex Police's attention after a raid at a property in Pottingfield Road, Rye, following concerns and reports of drug-related crime.

Officers uncovered drug paraphernalia, some £360 cash and several mobile phones.

A lengthy investigation ensued following the bust in September 2022, involving interviews with Dodson, who was located at the address, and enquiries into messages found on the phones relating to the supply of drugs and criminal activity.

The 25-year-old was arrested in May last year after police received reports that two men had been stabbed at Queens Head Hotel in Rye.

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He was charged the following day with grievous bodily harm with intent, attempt grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, affray and criminal damage and remanded into custody.

In October 2023, he was also charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug (cocaine) and in the supply of a Class B drug (cannabis) in relation to the warrant conducted the year before.

At Lewes Crown Court on November 4, Dodson was sentenced to 58 months’ imprisonment having pleaded guilty to the GBH offences.

On January 29, he was sentenced to a further 28 months’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to the drug offences, to run concurrently.