Jail sentence is suspended

Heroin and crack seized by Portsmouth police in Devonshire Square, Southsea. Police posted this image on December 11, 2017

Portsmouth police seize 100 wraps of crack and heroin in Southsea

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A MAN has narrowly avoided an immediate prison sentence for beating a woman.

Andrew Lightbody, of Waverley Road in Southsea, admitted one count of assault on December 12 at Lords Court in Portsmouth.

He also admitted stealing a box of wine worth £17.29 from the Co-op on December 15.

Magistrates at Portsmouth gave him a nine-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He must also comply with an alcohol treatment order.