Police sniff out cannabis users

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POLICE followed their noses to sniff out illegal drugs.

Officers received reports that three men were acting suspiciously around bushes on Rainford Road, Billinge, at about 6pm on August 29.

When they arrived at the scene and asked the men what they were up to, they were simply told “we’re just chilling.”

But, noticing a strong smell of cannabis, one of the officers subsequently found a cannabis joint in one of the bushes.

Jamie Davidge, 18, admitted straight away that the reefer was his and he was arrested at the scene. In interview, he maintained that the cannabis was for his own use.

Prosecutor Angela Blackmore told St Helens Magistrates’ Court that Davidge, of School Lane, Billinge, had no previous convictions - but confirmed that he had a warning on his record from July for a similar offence.

Frank Roe, defending, asked magistrates to give his client credit for his early guilty plea and co-operation with the police.

Justices told the defendant: “It might not cost much to buy a little reefer but it can cost you a lot more if you end up in court - not just financially but in terms of your reputation and a criminal record.”

Davidge was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs.