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Barrymore admits cocaine possession

Michael Barrymore was found with cocaine in his pocket after launching a foul-mouthed tirade at police, a court has heard.

The TV star was arrested in the early hours last month after officers spotted a Citroen DS3 that had been damaged in an accident and found him at the scene.

Appearing in the dock today (Tuesday), the 59-year-old admitted possessing the class A drug and was fined a total of £780.

After giving his real name of Michael Parker, he listened intently as prosecutor Sally Peters told of his behaviour on November 22.

Police officers had approached him when they discovered the scene on The Vale in Acton, west London, she said. Asked who had been driving the vehicle, he replied "I am not answering you", the court heard.

Then, after an expletive-laden outburst, he was arrested and taken to a police custody suite where he tried to conceal what looked like a white substance in his mouth, Ms Peters said. He refused to spit it out, was strip-searched and a rock of cocaine was found in his pocket, the court heard.

A test found him positive for the class A drug.

Barrymore's lawyer, Richard Gowthorpe, reminded the court that the quantity of the drug involved had been described as "a very small amount" and that the entertainer had apologised to the police for his behaviour. The court heard that Barrymore had been seeing a drug worker since the night of the incident and was making "very good progress".

Chair of the bench Moira Edmonds told Barrymore he would be fined £680 for the offence, plus £85 for prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A second charge, of being drunk and disorderly, was withdrawn.

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