A 27-YEAR-OLD Sedgley man has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after admitting failing to surrender to police bail and to take a test to determine drug dependency.

Joshua New, of The White Horse in Dudley Street, pleaded guilty to failing to attend an assessment to establish whether he had a drug dependency or propensity to misuse class A drugs after a analysis of a sample revealed cocaine may have been present in in his body on January 20 in Dudley.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody having been released on bail in criminal proceedings on June 21 at Oldbury Police Station.

A 21-day prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, was meted out and he was fined £200.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £135 to the Crown Prosecution Service and to pay a £128 surcharge to fund victim services when sentencing him at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday August 1.