Man caught hiding drugs in South Shields pub

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A DRINKER was caught with drugs in his pocket when police raided a South Shields pub.

Officers went to the Bridge in Wenlock Road after a member of the public reported people using drugs in the toilet, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting, said: “One of the officers heard a shout of ‘police’ as he entered the premises.

“A man at the bar was seen to take a small package from his pocket and put it under a spill mat.

“The package was later found to contain a small amount of cocaine.”

Philip Peacock, 32, of Colman Avenue, South Shields, admitted possession of a Class A drug on November 16.

Paul Kennedy, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Peacock had been to a party elsewhere where he had been given the drugs.

“He was not involved in the group said to be taking drugs in the pub toilet.

“Mr Peacock is not a habitual user, although he does have a previous caution for possessing cocaine.

“This was a tiny amount of cocaine with a street value of £30 at most.

“Mr Peacock was working as a gardener until last year when he was laid off.”

Peacock was ordered to pay £145 in fines and costs. The magistrates ordered the confiscation and destruction of the cocaine.