A drug dealer whose gang sold tens of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine in North Devon has had his sentence cut after a judge admitted making a mistake.

Dominic Viner's sentence of 14 years and two months was reduced to 11 years and four months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

He brought Viner back to court after realising he had failed to give him the 20 per cent discount he should have received for pleading guilty shortly before the case was due to come to trial.

Viner was caught drug dealing in Barnstaple or Bideford on three separate occasions. He carried on selling cocaine after the police caught him red handed twice with a kilogram of cocaine, worth £70,000, and over £20,000 cash.

He supplied to smaller scale dealers and direct to customers and kept detailed lists showing that customers owed him £45,000. Phone evidence showed his gang had at least 46 different customers

He used friends Christopher Hommell and Adam Moulton to distribute the drugs.

Viner, aged 28, of Raleigh Meadow, Barnstaple, admitted conspiracy to supply, two counts of possession with intent to supply, and one of possession of criminal property.

His sentenced was adjusted downwards to 11 years and four months by judge David Evans in a 'slip rule' hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

The case followed a police surveillance operation and the seizure of drugs worth more than £90,000 and over £25,000 cash.