A NEWBURY man who was caught with drugs in Victoria Park has narrowly avoided a jail term.
Grayson Phillips, 41, of Shaw Road, was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday November 1.
He was given an eight week sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay costs of £620 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.
On October 25, 2015 Sgt Damien Isherwood, based at Newbury police station, was on patrol in Victoria Park.
He stopped and detained Phillips in order to search him. Phillips attempted to run away and threw class B drugs, namely cannabis resin, on the floor.
Sgt Isherwood detained and arrested Phillips on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled substance.
A search was later conducted at Phillips’ home where a further quantity of cannabis was found.
Phillips was charged with one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug on May 22 this year.
Sgt Isherwood said: “This case had several aggravating factors, including the fact that Phillips had drugs with him near to a children’s play park.
"This conviction will now be on Phillips' criminal record and if there are any further offences, these are likely to result in a more severe sentence.
“Thames Valley Police is committed to tackling drug crime. If you have any information which you would like to report, please call the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”