Pictures show ravages of cocaine habit on 39-year-old mother-of-three

The effects of 20-year cocaine addiction are revealed: Pictures show ravages of class A drug habit on 39-year-old mother-of-three’s face after police caught her at wheel of stolen car following 60mph chase

  • Police pictures of Emma Ramsden from Manchester show the dramatic changes
  • Her hair has thinned, her eyes are sunken and she suffered dramatic weigh loss
  • The photographs emerged as Ramsden was caught at the wheel of stolen Nissan
  • It followed a cocaine-fuelled 60mph chase which saw traffic forced off the road
  • She bought the Nissan Qashqai on the black market to keep out of a ‘crack den’

Tragic mugshots show the devastating effects of a 20-year cocaine addiction on a 39-year-old mother-of three.

Police pictures of Emma Ramsden from Manchester show the dramatic changes to her face and body after decades of the class A drug habit.

Her hair has thinned, her eyes are sunken and she has suffered dramatic weigh loss following the years of abuse.

The pictures emerged as Ramsden was caught at the wheel of a stolen car following a drug-fuelled 60mph chase which saw traffic forced off the road and into a tree.

She bought the Nissan Qashqai on the black market to sleep in because she did not want to stay living in a ‘crack den’ – while her children were with their grandmother.


Police pictures of Emma Ramsden from Manchester show the dramatic changes to her face and body after decades of the class A drug habit. Left: Before the cocaine. Right: A police mugshot


The mugshots (right) show the mother in police custody with matted hair, bleary eyes and pasty face caused by years of snorting the white powder. They are a far cry from images of her younger years, pouting in racy dresses and smiling proudly with her children (left)

The mugshots show the mother in police custody with matted hair, bleary eyes and pasty face caused by years of snorting the white powder.

They are a far cry from images of her younger years, pouting in racy dresses and smiling proudly with her children.

Ramsden, from the Longsight part of Manchester, wept at the city’s crown court today as she was locked up for 16 months.

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told her a spell in jail might help her get clean and reconnect with her family.

She started to develop a long term drug addiction during her lengthy relationship with her children’s father, the court heard.

The couple nearly found themselves homeless at Christmas in 2018 but they were taken in and given food by his elderly mother.

But they got access to the woman’s debit cards and began spending huge sums of nearly £4,000 on drugs – before slipping the cards back at night.

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told her a spell in jail might help her get clean and reconnect with her family

Less than a year later Ramsden was given a community order for theft and during the case her lawyer said her cocaine habit made her look ‘much older than she is.’

But she was arrested again last month after police spotted her at the wheel of a car stolen two days earlier in a burglary.

Prosecutor Miss Claire Brocklebank said: ‘On October 5 2021, at 3pm a PC on patrol on his police motorbike saw the defendant come on the wrong side of the road and overtake a car into his path.

‘He was forced to brake sharply to avoid a collision and as a result turned his bike around and a pursuit occurred for around 10 minutes.

‘The defendant was seen trying to overtake another car coming from the wrong side of the road. The officer has turned around and followed her.

‘The chase occurred on residential roads and involves the defendant driving down a dual carriageway on the wrong side of the road.

‘During the pursuit, the police utilised a stinger which deflated the cars tyres. She lost control of the car swerving repeatedly on the wrong side of the road of a dual carriageway with cars coming in the opposite direction. Cars were repeatedly having to swerve out of the way.

At one point she passed a bus Lane and her wing mirror was hit and eventually mounted a pavement and crashed into a tree.

‘She had cocaine in her system, but there is no indication of the level of cocaine. She also had no insurance and no driving license.’

She added: ‘It is accepted the car was for her own use and she did not intend to sell it on.’

Ramsden admitted dangerous driving and handling stolen goods. She had 44 other offences on her record including car theft.

In mitigation defence lawyer Miss Rhia Abukhalil said: ‘This defendant has a long standing addiction to drugs which has ruined her life but she can desist from drugs.

‘She had previously got herself into a positive relationship and had contact with her children but after that came to an end, she got into another relationship with another drug user and started to use cocaine again.

‘She has proven she can get herself clean from drugs and she is motivated to repeat that.

Ramsden (pictured in 2019) was also banned from driving for four years and eight months

‘She has made contact again with her mother who is in contact with her children. She is aware her relationship with her mother and children is dependent on her cocaine usage.

‘She has not used for one month since being in custody and she says she feels much better.

‘She accepts how serious these offences are and there is remorse. She made full and frank admissions and she accepts how dangerous her driving was.

‘She obtained the car so she could sleep in it as in her words, she did not want to stay living in a crack den.

‘She could undertake a drug requirement program from cocaine and she is clearly someone who needs CBT to address these issues.’

Sentencing Ramsden Judge Goddard told her: ‘This is a very sad example of just how low becoming addicted to drugs can get you.’

She continued: ‘You lost your own children who are now in care and you are addicted to cocaine.

‘You were reduced to buying a car to sleep in. You drove in appalling way putting other road users at very serious harm and it seems cocaine gave you the stimulus to think you could get away from the police. You are very lucky no one was seriously hurt.

‘But you have been using your time in custody to treat your addiction and you would like to restart contact with your children when you are released from custody. These offences are so serious that only immediate custody can be imposed but support will be there for you.

‘Follow the advise of probation to see your children and put your drug addiction behind you. It is possible.’

Ramsden was also banned from driving for four years and eight months.

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