Grantham court: Possession charge hearing clashed with benefits appointment

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A man charged with possession of cannabis on the A1 near Grantham missed his court hearing on Monday because he also had a benefits appointment.

Joel Shakespeare, 35, of Canterbury Avenue, Nottingham had informed his solicitor that he feared he would lose his benefits if he missed his appointment at the JobCentre in the city, due to take place on the same day as his scheduled court appearence in Grantham.

Consequently Shakespeare is yet to enter a plea to the charge that he had three small bags of cannabis in his possession when he was stopped on the A1 at Long Bennington on July 10.

The case was adjourned until August 17, when Shakespeare, who is currently on unconitional bail, must attend Grantham Magistrates Court and bring evidence of his benefits appointment.