Dad was found with six Ecstasy tablets

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A DAD stopped by police with six Ecstasy tablets in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been ordered to carry out unpaid work by magistrates.

Lee Robson, 25, of Gladstone Street, Sunderland, was sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to a charge of possessing a Class A drug on January 1. Robson had got out of a taxi in South Shields at 2.35am when he was stopped by police who found the drugs.

The court heard that Robson, who works as an asbestos operator, owes more than £1,500 in fines.

Chairman of the bench Gordon Minto told Robson that that was “frankly shocking” and an “extremely heavy amount.”

Magistrates handed Robson a community order of 60 hours’ unpaid work to be completed over the course of one year. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60, while court costs were waived due to the fines Robson already owes.