Riots Heroine Is Drug Fixer- The People Newspaper- Exclusive Investigation- ***November 2011***

A woman dubbed the Hackney Heroine after confronting looters during the UK riots was exposed as a drug fixer.


Pauline Pearce had given a variety of newspaper and TV interviews during which she claimed to be helping to lead the fight against youth crime.


We were contacted by a source who knew that in fact Pauline had dealt drugs in the past.


We contacted The People newspaper who launched an investigation and set up a sting.


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Riot heroine of Hackney exposed as drug deal fixer

THE grandmother hailed as the Heroine of Hackney for standing up to rioters is today exposed as a secret DRUG FIXER.

Pauline Pearce, 45, who became a national celebrity after lashing into looters, arranged the purchase of three bags of cannabis during a People ­undercover investigation last week.

Pauline, who now mixes with high-profile politicians and appears regularly on TV, also revealed she used to sell the Class A drug crack cocaine.

Less than 24 hours before the mum of four sorted the drugs deal, she had a formal ­meeting with Labour leader Ed Miliband and her local MP Meg Hillier.

Pauline, who ­became an internet sensation after ­berating yobs ­during the August riots, also ­lectured Welfare Minister Iain Duncan Smith at the Tory Party ­conference about the problem of drug addicts.

But a People investigation caught the community worker on camera arranging a drugs deal after a whistleblower ­contacted us with concerns that she was portraying herself as anti-drugs.

The whistleblower – who says he was a drug user who used to buy crack from Pearce – met her on Thursday at her council flat in Hackney, east London. A day ­earlier Pearce proudly wrote on her Twitter page how she had just met Labour chief Miliband and was about to watch Channel 4's Top Boy, a drama about drug dealers in Hackney.

Pauline Pearce

Fixer: She goes out to meet the dealer

Our recording shows the insider ­arriving and being cheerily greeted by Pearce with the words: "Bless up – man, I remember that face."

Our source then explains he's in the area for the day and looking to pick up some "bits and pieces" – slang for a small quantity of drugs.

Asked if she can help, Pearce says "No, not me" but then immediately asks "What did you want?"

Our man ­mentions buying crack but Pearce ­explains: "It's so expensive now. They can't do the bits – only the bigger pieces. You know what I mean."

Discussions follow about Pearce's new-found fame including her ­appearances with reporter Paul Ross and presenter Eamonn Holmes on ITV's This Morning.

Smoke

She says: "I've been on This Morning two or three times. (With) Paul Ross – we were doing news reviews. They love me. I think they are looking to do something more with me."

Asked about her days selling crack to our insider in her home town of Hitchin, Herts, Pearce replies: "Those days gone. I'm glad they gone – ­problems. They knocking on my yard for different things now.

"Them days are boy, gone, bye bye bye bye. I'm glad they're gone because they were just problem days, give you a headache.

"I don't deal with nothing like that no more, it's just a quarter bag of ­headache and a bag of **** all."

Our man then mentions cannabis. He says to Pearce: "You never used to smoke (cannabis)". She replies "I do now. My doctor knows I smoke so there ain't no hiding from this. This is just for my peace of mind. This is medical." Pearce, a part time DJ and jazz singer, casually chats about the soaring price of crack.

She then calls her supplier and says: "Morning, you know who this is, it's mummy. This is the house number yeah so store it. I've got a gentleman here, here talk to him he's a friend of mine from country."

Pauline Pearce

Pearce arranges drug deal

The ­supplier agreed to our man's ­request for "six for £50" – a reference to rocks of crack, with the drugs to be dropped off at Pearce's home.

But when the supplier turned up in a black Audi within 15 minutes of our insider visiting Pearce, he had three bags of cannabis. The mix-up was ­unexplained. Our man handed over £50. He did not pay any money to Pearce.

Our revelations will stun politicians who have wooed Pearce – known locally as Lady P – since her tirade at looters.

London mayor Boris Johnson ­presented her with a Team London bravery award in September and last month she spoke at fringe events at the Tories' Manchester conference.

Pearce claimed she had been a ­campaigner against drug gangs for the past decade since serving three years in jail after being duped into importing drugs from Jamaica. But our insider said: "Pauline shouldn't be going on TV and talking about being anti-drugs when she is fixing up people's drug deals."

We sent the cannabis to forensic analysts ESG who said: "We can ­confirm it was herbal skunk cannabis. All ­samples have now been destroyed."

Last night a source close to Pearce said: "She had not seen this man for many years. She was intimidated.

"She has chronic arthritis and smokes cannabis for medicinal reasons but has no other drug involvement."




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