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PremierLeague-News.Com - Alan Tobin, from Widnes, was jailed for 20 years in 2021 over a massive drugs conspiracy
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A convicted Cheshire drugs lord has been struck off as a mental health nurse after his gang distributed hundreds of kilos of cocaine and heroin around the country. Alan Tobin, of Regency Park, Widnes, known as "CapeRocket" on enchripted messaging system EnchroChat, was jailed for 20 years in April 2021. Tobin, then 52, was convicted on two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B. A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise committee held a "virtual hearing" on Monday to decide whether Tobin's fitness to practise was "impaired" by his conviction. The NMC decided Tobin, who qualified as a mental health nurse in 2009, should be struck off. The panel also imposed an interim suspension on him for 18 months in order to cover Tobin’s opportunity to launch an appeal within 28 days of the striking-off order. READ MORE: Watch: Cow stranded in 'strong currents' saved from River Weaver in dramatic rescue Tobin was employed by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust at the time of his arrest on September 9, 2020, during a series of warrants executed by Cheshire Police, the Liverpool ECHO reports . It said there was no evidence of “clinical concerns” or harm to patients, but that Tobin’s “participation in organised crime and gang activity” and the drugs supplied carried an “inherent risk”. The specially adapted drug "hide" inside the Tobin brothers' van, which was stopped on the M6, yielding a £20m drug haul (Image: Liverpool Echo) His actions were determined to have breached the NMC’s professional conduct Rule 20, which requires nurses and midwives to “uphold the reputation of your profession at all times”. The report said Tobin, although not present in person for the hearing, had engaged with the NMC’s enquiries and provided a comment on the proceedings.
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. This whole case is causing me great pain and anxiety, I would really like it drawn to a conclusion at the early possible time [sic].” It said there was no evidence of “clinical concerns” or harm to patients, but that Tobin’s “participation in organised crime and gang activity” and the drugs supplied carried an “inherent risk”. His actions were determined to have breached the NMC’s professional conduct Rule 20, which requires nurses and midwives to “uphold the reputation of your profession at all times”. It was determined the seriousness of Tobin’s charges meant there was a “risk of repetition”. Outlining the committee’s decision to strike him off, the NMC report said: “The panel determined that, in this case, a finding of impairment on public interest grounds was required as a reasonably informed member of the public would be highly concerned if a nurse who had been recently convicted of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs were found to be fit to practise without restriction. Having regard to all of the above, the panel was satisfied that Mr Tobin’s fitness to practise is currently impaired.” Tobin's drug empire came crashing down when police seized £20m worth of cocaine from a van on the M6 motorway - the largest seizure ever on land in the UK. Other gang members were also jailed. NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here READ NEXT: Crewe's Great British Railways HQ bid backed by American namesake Manchester bar with cocktail named after one of Cheshire's smallest, most unassuming hamlets Macclesfield set for new cocktail bar with 'dragtacular' live music show Chester's gruesome past retold with grim tales of 'parboiled' heads on spikes Cheshire town where the rubbish bins say 'thank you' for using them
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