A BARNSLEY man who was stopped for dog fouling has been jailed for 10 months after police subsequently found cannabis in his car and loft.

Gavin Thornton, of Poplar Terrace, Royston, was stopped by council enforcement officers in November last year for a dog-fouling offence.

After being approached by officers, he locked his keys in his car and left the area.

Police officers attended shortly after and Thornton handed over a further key so officers could gain entry to the vehicle.

PC Paul Allen, the investigating officer, said: “Due to Thornton’s suspicious behaviour and the fact he had left the area to begin with, officers searched his car.

“On opening the car door, we were met with a strong smell of cannabis and a small plastic bag fell out of the car, which we found contained 18 wraps of cannabis.

“Thornton was immediately arrested and after a subsequent search of his house, we also found four cannabis plants in the loft.

“He was clearly in possession of the drugs with a view to growing more and potentially dealing to members of the public, an offence police will always take robust action against.

Thornton was jailed for 10 months at Sheffield Crown Court for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.