Fined for drugs deal

A MAN fled and threw away a silver wrap of heroin after police saw him taking part in a drugs deal.

Mark Kinnersley was spotted by a police community support officer in Glamis Walk, Hartlepool, getting something passed to him from another man.

The 29-year-old was then stopped by the PCSO who asked if he was carrying drugs, but he denied it.

The PCSO decided to call police officers to come and search the defendant, but he fled, throwing down a silver package as he did.

Prosecuting, Chris Atkinson told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “It was 2.40pm when the PCSO saw the defendant and another male engage in a transaction which he thought may have been a drug deal.

“The PCSO stopped the defendant and asked if he had drugs on him, but he said he didn’t. The PCSO asked officers to attend to search him, but he ran away and as he ran he threw down a small, silver package. The PCSO caught up with him and detained him.

“The package was found to be a wrap of heroin.”

He added: “In interview he admitted he had just bought it for £10 when he was stopped by the PCSO.”

Kinnersley, of Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, who has 28 previous convictions to his name, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and breaching a conditional discharge on November 23.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “Since my client’s release from prison he tells me he’s been prescribed methadone. However, given his dependency upon that, the gap is being filled with heroin, and that’s why he purchases heroin.”

Chairman of the bench Geoff Morley fined Kinnersley £105, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.