Keep off the grass…

A POLICE officer on a bicycle on duty in the Ballymena Showgrounds area for a Ballymena United versus Linfield match smelt cannabis as they passed a man, a court has heard.

The incident happened on November 26 last year, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told on Thursday.

Mark Patterson (29), of Swanston Park, Glengormley, admitted a charge of possessing a Class B drug.

A defence solicitor said it was a small amount of cannabis for his client’s personal use.

The defendant was fined £100.

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