A Newtown man who had 0.8g of cannabis on his coffee table was arrested after he called police to his flat, a court heard.

Glyn Price, 39, of Cae Coed, Newtown, admitted possession of the class B drug at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Ceri Ellis-Jones, prosecuting, said: “Police attended the defendant’s flat after receiving a call from him requiring attendance.”

It was then that police found a small amount of herbal cannabis; which has a maximum street value of £8, the court heard.

Ms Ellis-Jones said Price has 29 convictions on his record for over 50 offences, but that only three of those offences are drug related.

Mike Davies, defending, said his possession of the drug was “entirely unsophisticated”. “It was him who called police and asked them to attend his home.

“There was a very small amount of cannabis on his coffee table in plain sight, and then he was arrested.”

Magistrates gave Price a 12 month conditional discharge and told him to pay a total of £106 in court costs and victim surcharge.

“What an expensive call to the police,” said Stephen Pembroke, chair of the bench.

An order was also made for the drug to be destroyed.