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Searched shopper had drug.

A MAN was found in possession of cannabis when he was stopped and searched by police at the Metrocentre.

Richard Maddison, who suffers from bipolar depression, said the drugs were for his own use and helped calm him down.

After pleading guilty to possession of a controlled drug, Maddison, 28, of Cheshire Avenue, Birtley, Gateshead, was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Prosecutor Justin Gibson told Gateshead magistrates that the Class B drug was found in two cigarette packets when Maddison, who has five previous convictions for drug offences, was stopped on February 11.

Magistrates heard the offence was in breach of a 50-week suspended sentence imposed at Newcastle Crown Court in June 2008 for wounding. The breach will be dealt with by the crown court.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2010
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