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A man was caught with drugs in his underpants after being arrested for carrying a rounders bat in public, a court heard

Lee Mitchell, 23, was arrested following an incident outside his ex-girlfriend’s home in the early hours of April 24 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard neighbours heard him banging loudly on the door of the property on Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, near Pontefract, demanding his property back.

Witnesses then saw Mitchell pull a foot-long piece of wood from his pocket and continued banging on the door.

Mitchell then staggered into the street and was almost knocked down as he shouted abuse at the driver.

Police were called to the property but Mitchell had left the scene. They were called again when Mitchell returned to the property and began banging on the door. He was arrested in the passenger seat of a car nearby and was found to be carrying a rounders bat.

Mitchell was searched at the police station and was found in possession of 204 diazepam tablets. Officers then found 13 small plastic wraps containing Mkat hidden in his underpants.

In interview Mitchell told police he had been out for the evening with his former girlfriend and was told her ex boyfriend was in the area so went to get a piece of wood.

He told officers he realised he should not have been carrying the weapon in a public place. Mitchell, of Jackson Street, Goole, said the drugs were for friends and for personal use.

He pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon and possessing class B and class C drugs with intent to supply.

Stephen Swan, mitigating, said Mitchell pleaded guilty to the offences at the first opportunity and wanted to turn his life around. Since the offence he had managed to secure a promising job as a crane operator. Mr Swan said the job meant he was subject to weekly drug tests and he had passed them all.

Judge Sally Cahill gave Mitchell an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and attend a intervention programme.

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