Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Man who had ‘never smoked cannabis in his life’ found with the drug

11:09 10 February 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

The 48-year-old was found sleeping in his car which he had driven with no licence or insurance.

A MAN who had ‘never smoked cannabis in his life’ was found in possession of the drug when police discovered him sleeping in his car.

Andrew Collins, 48, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to possession as well as driving without insurance and not in accordance with a licence.

After splitting from his long term partner, Collins took the car despite having no driving licence and was found by police sleeping in it in a lay by on January 14.

He told officers he did not have a driving licence because he ‘could not afford one’.

Jen Law, defending, said Collins had never smoked cannabis despite being found with £10 worth of the drug, but did have a problem with alcohol.

“Since he was arrested he hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol,” she said.

Magistrates said they were pleased to see Collins had taken steps to help himself.

They disqualified him from driving for 12 months and imposed two conditional discharges to run alongside each other for 12 months.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:37
Seafield House in Westward Ho!

The ‘Haunted house’ in Merley Road went under the hammer today (Wednesday) selling for more than then £400,000 asking price.

Read more
12:50
The 2016 Forces March set off from Ilfracombe

Charity version of famous wartime route march aims to complete 135 miles in five days

Read more
10:36
Brexit campaigners Philip Milton, Leonie Milton, Stuart Robertson; Petroc assistant principle Craig Litster; Stronger In campaigners David Chalmers, Jon Price, Becca Ridley and Andrew Penfold

Representatives of Stronger In and Brexit debated key issues at Petroc on Thursday.

Read more

Rush hour traffic experienced delays yesterday (Tuesday) after two collisions on the A39 near Bideford and Clovelly.

Read more
09:11
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

The 27-year-old lost control of his car after drinking and ended up in a hedge, North Devon Magistrates Court hears.

Read more
Braddicks Leisure Ltd has bought Seafield House car park in Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! residents were delighted to learn one of the village car parks is now free thanks to generous business.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00
The pool in Westward Ho! Picture: Andy Keeble

The Government has announced a new round of funding for coastal communities and councils, businesses and charities can apply.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:51
There is currently a power cut in areas of Barnstaple.

Western Power Distribution confirms some areas of the town are experiencing a power outage this morning (Tuesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40
55 homes are planned for this field at South Park in Braunton

Braunton homes proposal will be discussed at a public meeting on June 1

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
The model railway show last year in Bideford Pannier Market. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Loads of layouts promised at model railway show in Bideford held in aid of North Devon charity Amigos.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications