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Ex-Hollyoaks actor faces drugs fine

Former Hollyoaks star Paul Danan has pleaded guilty to drugs and public order offences after being caught with cocaine and cannabis.

The 32-year-old was arrested two days in a row last month after being found wandering around a street in Royston, Hertfordshire, in a drunken state. At Stevenage Magistrates' Court, he confessed to occasionally "medicating myself" for anxiety and depression.

The actor admitted cannabis possession, cocaine possession and a public order offence for swearing at police officers. He was fined a total of £350 and referred to a drugs agency for support.

The court heard that, on September 4, a member of the public called police at 10.34am to report a drunk man wandering around and falling into the road in Kneesworth Street, Royston.

Prosecutor Rufia Khatun said officers found Danan, who was slurring his words and said he had lost his wallet and mobile phone. They noted he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were heavily glazed, the court was told.

At first he complied with the police but then his mood changed, and he walked off, unsteady on his feet, Mr Khatun said. He went on: "Officers thought he was going to injure himself and offered to help get him home. He then became angered and abusive."

Danan was arrested for a public order offence and a small bag of cannabis was found tucked into his left sock. He admitted possessing the class B drug and said he had obtained it from a friend to help him with his anxiety.

Following his arrest, Danan was held in custody for a few hours and then released on bail. But the next day he was arrested again when police were called at 3.19am to reports of a disturbance in Stamford Yard, Kneesworth Street, where Danan was seen entering a block of flats.

Mr Khatun said: "A small bag fell from his pocket. It was white powder. The defendant admitted it was cocaine, that he got it from a friend and they were both going to use it. He stated he planned to use it and then changed his mind."

Danan told the court he was already receiving support from a key worker for his anxiety. He was fined £100 for possession of cocaine, £65 for possession of cannabis and £85 for the public order offence. He was also told he must pay £85 towards the prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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