Man caught with drugs on Sunderland beach

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A MAN was caught with cannabis on a beach after police mounted a drugs sting.

Officers were patrolling Marine Walk, near Roker Beach in Sunderland, as they believed drug deals were being carried out.

Ross Sneddon, of High Barnes in Sunderland, was found with a small amount of the class B drug and pleaded guilty to possession at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Clare Irving, prosecuting, told the court police spotted the 25-year-old at about 3.15pm on June 17. He was searched and officers found a bag of cannabis bush, which he said he had bought for £10 the day before.

Ms Irving added that Sneddon, from Cleveland Road, had three drugs convictions dating from 2004 to 2011.

He had also been sentenced to 15 months in prison by Newcastle Crown Court in July 2012 for another offence.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said Sneddon was using the drug as medication after a motorbike smash left him with a head injury.

He said: “He has been through the mill; been to hospital, been treated, been on prescribed medication, to deal with all that he has.

“He felt that the cannabis would calm him down.”

Magistrates ordered Sneddon to pay a £90 fine and £20 victim surcharge to the court.

The cannabis was destroyed.