Drug addicts are given community orders

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The following local cases were dealt with by magistrates sitting in Loughborough on July 1, June 17 and June 3:

Christopher Long (31), of Yew Tree Crescent, Melton, and Martin Hogarth (36), of Great Close, South Witham, pleaded guilty to possessing a syringe of heroin in Melton on June 9 and stealing £50 of razor blades from the town’s Boots store earlier this year. They were each given a six-month community order, including a drug rehabilitation requirement, ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £25 compensation. In addition Long was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £180 criminal courts charge, with Hogarth having to pay £20 costs and a £180 criminal courts charge.

Richard Maddocks (26), of Sandpit Lane, Melton, pleaded guilty to damaging tyres belonging to a man in Melton on February 19. He was conditionally discharged for 12 months and ordered to pay £100 compensation.

Harry Strong (18), of Regency Road, Asfordby, pleaded guilty to damaging a car bonnet in King Street, Melton, on December 21. He was fined £50, ordered to pay £180 compensation and a £20 victim surcharge.

Lois Robinson (44), of Firfield Avenue, Birstall, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on Pasture Lane, Knipton, on May 30. She was found to have 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg. Robinson was banned from driving for 17 months, which may be reduced by 17 weeks if she completes a course. She was also fined £300, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, £50 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.