A Skelmanthorpe teenager has been given a suspended sentence after security staff caught him with a bag of ecstasy tablets at last year’s Leeds Festival.

Simon Waley prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court Lewis Hartley was seen apparently sniffing something from the back of his hand.

As a consequence security staff approached him and asked him to produce anything he had on him. He handed over a bag containing white powder which turned out to be a small amount of cocaine, which he said was for his own use.

He was further searched and another bag containing 142 Ecstasy tablets was found hidden in his trousers. They had an estimated value of between £154 and £439.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

Hartley said he and friends had clubbed together to buy Ecstasy tablets for their own use at the festival, spending a total of £500 between them.

He accepted each of them would hold the bag until the next friend wanted it and he had it at the time of his arrest. They would not have supplied anybody outside their own number.

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Hartley, 18 of Cumberworth Road, admitted possessing Ecstasy with intent to supply his friends and was sentenced to 21 months in prison suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work and an electronically monitored curfew from 9pm to 6am for the next two months.