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A 999 call from a member of the public led to police finding more than £400 worth of heroin and crack cocaine.

Police received the call after a passer-by saw Michael Clarke in the Po Young Chinese takeaway in Commercial Place, Landport, acting suspiciously and hiding something under a tea towel.

Fearing a robbery may be taking place the police arrived to find that it was in fact a stash of class A drugs that Clarke had been trying to conceal. As the police burst in Clarke tried to swallow the drugs but he spat them out after a struggle.

In all the 22-year-old had 28 wraps of crack cocaine and 16 wraps of heroin, worth a total of £440. Clarke, who has a previous conviction for possession of heroin and cocaine, admitted possession of a class A drug. A second charge of possession with intent to supply was dropped.

Recorder Susan Evans QC said: ‘It’s plain to me that you had a bad habit over the years.’

Clarke, from Wood Green in London, was jailed for four months but as he had already spent time in custody since his January arrest he was immediately released.