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Woman found with seven grams of Class B drug

Worcester Editorial 4th Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A WOMAN who was caught with more than seven grams of amphetamine has been given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Joanne Bridgewater, of Northfield Street, Worcester, was also ordered to pay £100 in court costs and victim surcharges after she pleaded guilty to possession of both amphetamine and cannabis.

The incident happened on January 14 when police executed a warrant on the 35-year-old’s address and found £70 worth of the class B drug, along with a small amount of cannabis.

On Friday (January 31) Worcester Magistrates Court heard Bridgewater was using the drug for personal use and not to supply to anyone else.

The court was told she was using it as a way of losing weight, culminating in the loss of four stone in four weeks.

Defending solicitor, Mark Sheward, said: “She has been an irregular user of cannabis for years, but she smokes it now and then.

“On this occasion when the police arrived, unfortunately she was smoking it, but as you’ve heard it was to the value of about £2.

“She has been trying to lose weight and tried many diets and other medication to do this but it wasn’t working.

“Someone suggested to her a few weeks ago to use amphetamine as it makes you lose weight. She was buying it on the street but only using it personally to do this.”

Bridgewater was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15. The drugs were also forfeited and destroyed.

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