Bristol mayor candidate Craig Clarke fined for drug possession
MAYORAL candidate Craig Clarke has been fined after admitting possessing cannabis.
Clarke, 39, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to having 0.6g of the Class B drug at College Green on May 5.
A second charge of battery of a police officer was deleted, though Bristol Crown Court heard it could be proceeded with in another court.
Judge Michael Roach fined him £100, with £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
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At the crown court the maximum sentence for cannabis possession is five years’ prison and custody would have jeopardised his chances of being mayor,
a city council spokesman said: “You can be disqualified if you are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more, including a suspended sentence, without the option of a fine. This covers a period of five years prior to election.”
In January Clarke was the first person to declare himself a prospective mayoral candidate and is standing for the so-called State Educated Party,
November 15 will be the first time Bristol goes to the polls to vote for an elected mayor.