Reveller caught carrying cocaine

A REVELLER who was arrested after a street fight was found to be carrying cocaine.

Police rushed to Church Street, in Hartlepool, in the early hours of the morning and spoke to Ian Bates.

Hartlepool magistrates were told he was arrested due to his drunken state.

He was then searched and a bag of white powder was found in his pocket.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told the court: “During interview he admitted ownership of the white powder and said he’d paid £40 for it and that it was for his own personal use.

“He said he would have taken it by inhaling it through his nose.”

Bates, 21, of Malcolm Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and to possession of cocaine on July 10.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “He was arrested because he was drunk and disorderly and he denies that he ever instigated a fight or caused a fight.

“However, he was clearly very drunk in a public place.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Kate Brown fined Bates £95, ordered him to pay £35 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. A total court bill of £145.