A FATHER-OF-FOUR has been given the chance to rid himself of the drugs habit he has had for half of his life.

Michael Wainwright, 29, who has taken amphetamine since he was 15, was warned he needed to grasp the opportunity or his life would be destroyed.

"Your four children are not getting any benefit from you because of your drug taking," Judge John Foster told Wainwright at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

"You have spent half your life taking drugs and cannot seem to stop. This is a chance you need to grasp before drugs destroy your life."

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said Wainwright, of Worsbrough Common, was caught rummaging through a skip in the early hours. She said a folded lock knife was found on him.

Wainwright admitted possessing cannabis and having an offensive weapon. He was ordered to undergo six months of drug rehabilitation and nine months of supervision.

He was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.