Man caught snorting ‘drug’ from wheelie bin after gambling win

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A reveller who was caught snorting a mystery substance from a wheelie bin while out celebrating a gambling win has been made to pay through the nose for his offence.

Alfred Potter was spotted leaning over the bin ‘snorting the substance up his nose’ by a police officer on patrol in King Street, South Shields.

The officer required the assistance of three door staff after the 39-year-old resisted arrest.

The defendant believed the substance was amphetamine - but subsequent cases couldn’t confirm it was a drug or not.

Potter, of Whitehall Street, South Shields, admitted charges of attempting to possess amphetamine and resisting arrest at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “At 10.15pm on June 26, Pc Hayhoe was in King Street and saw Potter lent over a wheelie bin, apparently snorting a substance up his nose.

“He saw her and wiped the bin clean and put something in his pocket.

“In interview, he said he believed the substance was amphetamine .”

David Forrester, defending, said: “The substance was tested and it is not clear what it was.

“Tests for cocaine and amphetamine were negative.

“We don’t know what it was, but as the saying goes, he could’ve been sold a pup.

“He had got a bonus at work, had invested it in the horses and won some money.

“He got extremely drunk.

“He is very sorry for any distress caused to the police officer.”

Potter was fined £160 and ordered to pay compensation of £50 to the police officer and must also pay a £150 criminal courts charge, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge