Dumped car man’s stash

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DRUGS and a knife were seized from a car abandoned by a man who got lost in north Derbyshire.

Police found the Mitsubishi Pajero with its lights illuminated, parked on the A6 Bakewell to Buxton road at Ashford-in-the-Water at 11pm.

Magistrates at Chesterfield heard that the officers smelled cannabis inside the car and found £10 worth of the drug, together with a partly-smoked spliff and a knife.

Driver James Eames was later spotted walking along the “13 Bends” Bakewell to Baslow road, in the direction of Chesterfield.

“His clothing was wet and beginning to freeze. He said he was walking home,” said Jenny Fitzgerald, prosecuting.

She told the court that staff at nearby Chatsworth House had seen two people getting out of a similar vehicle on a private road on the estate earlier that night.

“Another male was found in a similar state and it was believed they had been together,” added Mrs Fitzgerald.

Eames, 26, who was moving from Burnt Oaks Close, Mansfield Woodhouse, to Brambling Close, Mansfield, admitted possessing cannabis, possessing a blade in public and driving without insurance and a full licence on January 16.

He was given a 7pm-7am curfew for four months, fined £125 and banned from driving for a year under the totting-up rules. The cannabis and the knife will be destroyed.

Anne Malley, for Eames, said he and a friend lost their way home after visiting some people they knew, and then argued about which direction to take.

“They approached a large building that was Chatsworth House and turned around, relieved themselves and left.

“There was no sat nav and matters got quite heated between them. The other man threw the car keys into a river and they set off walking in different directions,” said Mrs Malley.

The court heard that Eames had suffered depression since being struck on the head with a blunt instrument last November and he had been smoking cannabis to lift his mood.

The self-employed plasterer, who had a previous conviction for using threatening behaviour, had been unable to work following the attack, added Mrs Malley.