Drug addict thief who trashed Waterlooville police station cell avoids jail

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A DRUG addict thief who smashed up a police cell has been spared jail.

George Warlow, 47, pleaded guilty to possessing three wraps of class A diamorphine at his home.

He admitted committing the offence while subject to a suspended sentence for burglary, taking a vehicle without consent and driving while disqualified.

Warlow also pleaded guilty to stealing a mobile phone worth £500 from a man in Havant.

He admitted trashing a police cell at Waterlooville station by throwing food and drink all over the walls and floor, defecating on a bench and blocking a toilet.

The cell had to be deep cleaned as a result.

Warlow, from Hurstbourne Close, Havant, was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for a 15 months by Portsmouth magistrates.

He was ordered to have nine months of treatment for his drug dependency as a non-resident patient.

He was put under supervision for 15 months.

Warlow must also pay £300 in compensation.

An order was made for the diamorphine seized to be forfeited and destroyed under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.