Probe into burglary led to drugs

A DRUG user with an “appalling” record has been warned he is wasting his life and urged to clean up his act.

Alan Purvis, 35, was found with amphetamine sulphate, known as speed, worth up to £549 after he was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A judge warned him to kick his drug habit after building up a long record of shoplifting and thefts mainly linked to his addictions.

Teesside Crown Court heard how police were led to Purvis’ house in Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, when investigating a shed burglary in Winterbottom Avenue.

Property worth around £3,000 that was taken in the burglary was later found in Purvis’ house.

He was taken to the police station for questioning when officers found 19.3g of amphetamine on his body.

More of the drug was found in Purvis’ bedroom, said Paul Newcombe, prosecuting.

In total he had 54.9g of the drug worth between £274 and £549.

Mr Newcombe added: “In interview he said he woke up and found the property in his house.

“With regard to the drugs he said he was a user himself, previously heroin and was now injecting amphetamine.”

Purvis had given some of the drugs to a friend.

He admitted possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply and handling stolen goods of a bike, fishing equipment and power tools.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said: “The vast majority of his offending has been acquisitive because of his heroin addiction.

“He has managed to conquer that addiction although he replaced it with amphetamine.”

Purvis was given eight months prison, but will be released shortly after serving most of it while on remand.

Recorder Richard Woolfall told Purvis: “Your record is appalling. You are reaching an age now where some defendants manage to put it behind them.

“You’re wasting your time in custody.

“It seems a considerable waste of your life and if you carry on committing offences, even minor offences, it’s going to be more of the same.

“Because of your record only a custodial sentences can be justified.”