A PLUMBER has admitted possessing class A drugs and an offensive weapon.

Thomas Giddings, 23, admitted having a quantity of cocaine and a knuckle duster in Danacre, Laindon, on September 20.

However, Giddings of Rettendon View, Wickford, denied the charge of possessing a bladed article – namely a craft knife – when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday.

He told the court he was a plumber and had found the knife on the floor, put it in his pocket and forgotten about it. The Crown accepted his guilty pleas to the earlier charges and agreed not to pursue the possession of a knife charge.

The court heard Giddings was found with the items after being stopped by officers.

Judge David Owen-Jones, decided he wanted the Probation Service to complete a pre-sentence report on Giddings before he sentenced him.

The case was adjourned until January 30. Giddings was released on unconditional bail.