‘Clean up your act or face prison’

A MAN with drink and drug problems has been warned by a top judge to clean up his act or he will go to prison.

Mark Campbell was given the stern warning after he was hauled before the courts for breaching the terms of a suspended sentence he is serving.

The 34-year-old Hartlepool man was given 12 months prison suspended for two years at Teesside Crown Court in January for growing cannabis.

Police discovered 25 large plants on the second floor of his house, complete with heaters and extraction fans.

The court has now heard that he has complted just two out of 100 hours of unpaid work imposed in January.

Campbell breached the order by committing two domestic violence offences.

On March 27, he pinned a policewoman against a wall when police were called to his partner’s address because he refused to leave.

And on April 5 his partner called police after an argument when Campbell smashed a window.

He was given a community order by magistrates for the offences.

But he was sent back to the crown court for the breach of the suspended sentence.

Robin Denny, mitigating, said: “So far as his partner is concerned they are not actually living together now although they remain very good friends.”

Judge Peter Fox, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, decided not to activate the prison sentence and gave Campbell, of Raby Road, another 20 hours unpaid work.

Judge Fox said: “You’ve just got to sort yourself out. Reduce the amount of alcohol you are taking greatly, get off the drugs and get to work.

“If you don’t do it I will send you down, do you understand?”