A LLANDRINDOD Wells man will be allowed to continue with the good progress he is making on a community order despite a subsequent arrest for drug possession.

Jamie Paul Kirkham, 40, was sentenced to a 12-month community order in February after he was found in possession of £700 worth of drugs when police pulled over the taxi he was a passenger in last November.

A month later, on December 11, 2020, he was found in possession of 14.41 grams of amphetamine in Llandrindod. He admitted the charge when he appeared at the town’s magistrates court on Wednesday, April 7.

Prosecutor Kevin Challinor said: “Officers spoke to the defendant. He was in possession of a substance, which turned out to be a quantity of the Class B drug, which was weighed.”

Mr Challinor said Kirkham, of Sunningdale, Temple Drive, Llandrindod, had a list of previous convictions, the latest of which was the February sentencing for possession of cannabis and two charges of possessing Class C drugs.

The court heard from probation officer Tammy Cutler-Moore, who said Kirkham had complied with all but one appointment so far. “He has been very open and honest with his probation officer,” she said.

Gareth Walters, acting for Kirkham, said this offence pre-dated the community order. “The order is in its infancy, he’s doing well so it should be left to run its course,” he said.

Magistrates fined Kirkham £80 and he must pay a £34 surcharge, while the drugs will be destroyed.