A MAN caught three times with class A drugs has been spared a prison sentence.

Erol Bekir, of Doulton Gardens in Poole, was repeatedly arrested with crack cocaine and heroin on him.

Last week, he appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court to admit a series of offences.

Despite his admissions, the 55-year-old was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.

He must comply with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days, and the drugs forfeited by police on each occasion will be destroyed.

Bekir was first caught with crack and heroin in Boscombe Spa Road on February 22 last year.

On August 19 2019, he was arrested after being found in Hawkwood Road, Boscombe with both cocaine and heroin.

The following month, he stole a mobile phone in Argyll Road, Boscombe. He also had crack cocaine and heroin with him at that time.

Magistrates have not made an order for a drug rehabilitation requirement.

However, Bekir must pay a surcharge and costs.

A property Bekir previously lived in was closed by the courts in 2018.

On October 16 of that year, 131 Palmerston Road in Boscombe was shut down for three months.

Bekir had contested the application, but magistrates decided to close the address after a hearing.

Kelly Ansell, head of housing and community enforcement for the council, said the property was linked to persistent problems.