A MAN was found with cannabis in his South Tyneside flat after a member of the public tipped off police.
Aaron Baraclough was arrested after officers searched his home in Dock Street, South Shields, when a neighbour said they could smell cannabis coming from inside.
Police found a small amount of the drug on a windowsill, which he said was worth 50p.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing a Class B drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “It was 1.20pm when the officers went to his flat.
“He told them the drug was his, but he wouldn’t say where he got it.”
The court heard that Baraclough is due at Newcastle Crown Court this week to be sentenced for breaching a suspended sentence order he was given in May last year for two thefts.
Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “This is a very small amount of cannabis and I think it is worth waiting to see what happens at Newcastle Crown Court.
“This conviction won’t make any difference to the sentence he gets there.”
Magistrates adjourned Baraclough’s case until February 7.
He was granted uncondtional bail until then.