Washington man caught with cannabis

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POLICE caught a man with a small amount of cannabis in the early hours of the morning.

Gavin Atkinson was spotted with two friends in Foxlea, Washington, at about 4.30am on December 1.

He was searched by officers, who found a small amount cannabis bush in his right pocket and two small, clear packets containing the drug in his left pocket.

Atkinson missed his first court appearance and was arrested. He pleaded guilty to possession of the class B drug when he appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court the next day.

The 25-year-old, of Sulgrave Road in Washington, was fined £105. There was no separate penalty for him failing to attend court.