Drug user's petty theft was moment of madness'

PUBLISHED: 10:13 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 04 May 2010

HEROIN user Wayne Love-ridge was found with £10 worth of the class A drug hidden in a glove, magistrates were told. And the following day he stole £3.42 worth of beer and energy drinks from the Spar shop in Ely in a moment of madness . Loveridge, of Stra

HEROIN user Wayne Love-ridge was found with £10 worth of the class A drug hidden in a glove, magistrates were told.

And the following day he stole £3.42 worth of beer and energy drinks from the Spar shop in Ely "in a moment of madness".

Loveridge, of Straight Furlong, Pymoor, appeared before city magistrates on Thursday, when he admitted possessing the drug and theft.

"He has a problem with heroin, but now has a methadone prescription," solicitor Adam Haselhurst told the court.

"The theft was very petty indeed. He was not stealing to fund his habit, it was an impulsive act."

Loveridge has referred himself to the community drug intervention programme, he added, and is managing his habit well.

The court gave Loveridge a one-year conditional discharge.

The drugs will be forfeited and destroyed, and Loveridge must pay £3.42 compensation.

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