Roofer strip-searched by police in drug arrest

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

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A roofer who was strip searched by police has admitted a charge of possessing cocaine during a drinking session.

Christopher Daniel Hardwick (29) of Richmond Drive, Mansfield Woodhouse, was spotted by door staff at a Mansfield town centre bar with a small clear bag of white powder.

After they called police, he was arrested and taken into custody where the powder was found. He also tested positive for the drug.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, Hardwick said he had been drinking in Mansfield town centre all day and that he had been handed the small bag of cocaine.

He said that he would take the class A drug to help calm him down and prevent him from becoming violent when heavily in drink.

Defending, Mark Marriott, said his client worked as a self-employed roofer, often working away in Holland and Norway, and rarely gets to see his friends, the reason why he had been drinking since 12noon that day.

He added: “He is an industrious young man trying to get on with his own life.”

He was fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.