'˜Fool' smoked cannabis joint at crime scene in front of police

A plasterer was described as 'a fool' for smoking a cannabis joint as he watched police investigating a crime scene.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 12:00 pm
Masterson, 23, of Marton Drive, Marton, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis
Masterson, 23, of Marton Drive, Marton, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis

Officers smelled the drug and arrested Dominic Masterson as he sat on his bicycle.

Masterson, 23, of Marton Drive, Marton, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.

He was fined £45 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who ordered the destruction of the drugs.

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Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said officers were dealing with a crime scene on May 15, at 3am, when they saw Masterson in Park Road on a bicycle.

He was found with a thumbnail-sized amount of cannabis.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said Masterson was out cycling when he saw a police patrol put the lights and sirens on their vehicle and he decided to follow them.

Mr Coyle added: “He sat on his bike smoking a joint and the officers smelled it. He is a fool unto himself.”