Clitheroe man admits possessing heroin

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A Clitheroe heroin addict tried to hide his supply of the drug on the wheel of a car after police saw him buying from dealers, a court heard.

Michael George Richards (49), who had abused heroin for more than 20 years, had been clean for the first time in ages, but had gone back to taking it on the anniversary of his father’s death.

Pennine magistrates were told how Richards had been seen with two men on a Burnley car park and all three ran off when they were spotted. He was detained nearby and the drugs were recovered from the car wheel.

Richards told officers he had spent £20 and intended to take the heroin over the next couple of days to see him through a traumatic time.

The defendant, who has 46 offences on his record, has just finished a drugs rehabilitation requirement, but was given another by the Bench.

Richards, of Church Brow Gardens, admitted possessing heroin on May 27th and received a six month programme. He must also pay £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and a £180 criminal court charge.

Ben Leech, mitigating, said the offence was a one-off blip, which the defendant bitterly regretted.

It has been the anniversary of his father’s death, which was a traumatic time for him and his mother had suffered a stroke, was in hospital and he was struggling to visit her because he was on benefits.

The solicitor added: “Unfortunately, he reverted to what he’s known over the last 20 years and fell back into heroin use for a very short time.”