AN EASTBOURNE man found in public toilets about to inject heroin has appeared in court.
Peter Pollard, of Pagham Close, was followed by police officers who spotted him going into facilities in Hyde Gardens.
Police looked over a cubicle and saw the 37-year-old holding a syringe of brown liquid. He was arrested and on searching him a number of tablets were found. The liquid was found to be heroin and the Class C tablets were temazepam and diazepam.
Pollard, who is on an alcohol treatment programme, pleaded guilty to three counts of being in possession of a drug.
Dan Harrison, defending, said the heroin had been a small amount and the drugs were for his client’s own personal use, the tablets being to help with his sleep and nerves.
He added, “I’m sure you will give him credit for his early guilty pleas.
“He was caught with a syringe by police and was about to take heroin.
“He was previously given a community order by the court which is to an extent addressing his problems. He’s in receipt of a programme to help with heroin dependency.
“I would ask for the order, if possible, to be able to continue.”
Pollard received a 12-month conditional discharge and Eastbourne magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.
They agreed the order could continue andno order for costs was made.