A district judge hit back at suggestions that it would take two years for police to get into an alleged drug dealing child’s phone.

It came as she dealt with the case of a 16-year-old accused of dealing heroin and crack cocaine in Oxford earlier this month.

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Told by the prosecutor that it could take up to two years to download phones linked to the case – despite police flagging the work as urgent – District Judge Kamlesh Rana replied: “It’s not acceptable for reference to be made that it’s going to take years.”

She added: “I will give you six weeks to serve any additional evidence.”

A trial was fixed for early in the new year. The defendant, whose trial will be heard in the youth court, cannot be identified as he is under-18.