Hartlepool man found with cannabis in Tesco on way to Leeds Festival

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A FESTIVAL-GOER was caught with a jar of cannabis in his possession as well as a paper bag full of the drug stuffed into his sock.

Dean Stockdale was en-route to the Leeds Festival when he stopped off at Tesco, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, to get some items.

The 24-year-old was stopped by security staff who believed he may have stolen some tent pegs, worth £4.50, and police were called.

Prosecuting, Alan Davison told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “He was arrested on an allegation of theft, and he was found to have a small jar with cannabis inside, and some in a paper bag in his sock.”

Stockdale, of Burn Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of the class B drug on August 20.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “My client was en-route to the Leeds Festival, which is a rock concert, for the older ones among us.

“He’d gone into Tesco to purchase some items and spent £60 in the store.

“He gets stopped and gets searched and they find the drugs.”

He added: “The drugs were part of the kit required for Leeds Festival, however, it is unlawful to do so and he will be punished for that.”

Chairman of the bench of justices Nigel Guerin sentenced him to a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Stockdale denied stealing two packs of tent pegs from Tesco on August 20 and will stand trial for the alleged offence on January 20 at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.