Addict faces drugs tests

PUBLISHED: 12:45 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 12:05 04 May 2010

AN addict who burgled his parents Littleport home after being evicted from the premises has been ordered to undertake a drug rehabilitation programme. Every month James Harrison will be tested to see if he has drugs in his body, and he will have regular

AN addict who burgled his parents' Littleport home after being evicted from the premises has been ordered to undertake a drug rehabilitation programme.

Every month James Harrison will be tested to see if he has drugs in his body, and he will have regular appointments with the probation service.

Ely magistrates gave 24-year-old Harrison the order on Thursday, after hearing how his parents had been caused a great deal of stress by having a drug addict in the family.

Prosecutor Matthew Bradbury told how Harrison had gone to his father's workplace on September 11, and was refused a key to his former home, where the locks had been changed. He was told he could shower at facilities in the garden, but must not go into the house.

When Harrison's father returned home, he discovered a door had been forced and two cameras were missing.

Later the same day, Harrison had returned one camera to his mother.

At an earlier hearing, Harrison, who is now living in his parents' garage at Hardwicke Close in Littleport, had admitted burglary, four offences of stealing lager from shops in Littleport, stealing toiletries from Littleport Co-op, and possessing amphetamine.

Solicitor Christina Metcalfe said Harrison had sold one of the stolen cameras to get money for food. He is now working part time in his father's shop, and hopes to finish exams, which will lead to him qualifying as a plumber.

Harrison's world had fallen apart when he got involved with drugs, she added.

He lost his job as a trainee plumber, his relationship broke up and he became bankrupt.

The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs. Harrison was given a two-year conditional discharge for the thefts, fined £25 for missing court on October 10, and told to pay £75 costs.

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