'˜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.
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.
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.”