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A Leverington man who had cannabis in his car was found to be on licence from prison.

Police signalled for 26-year-old Matthew Cook to pull over the Vauxhall car in Terrington St Clement, magistrates in King’s Lynn heard on Thursday.

“The vehicle eventually pulled over,” said prosecutor Lily Orr.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57539849)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57539849)

“Police noticed the car smelt of cannabis.”

Cook told officers there was some in the car and 6.56 grams was found in the glove box.

Checks showed that he was on licence from prison following convictions in 2020 for being concerned in the supply of drugs and possession of cannabis.

Cook, of Gorefield Road, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug in the stop on March 3.

In mitigation, solicitor Ruth Johnson said her client had voluntarily told officers where to find the drug in the car.

“A street caution was considered to begin with but then there was the presence of the prison licence,” she added.

Miss Johnson said Cook had begun work as a roofer and was greatly valued by his employer, who supplied a character reference to the court.

She said employment had been a “stabilising factor” for him.

Cook was fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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