Former Speedway world champion fined for drug possession

Bury Magistrates Court
Bury Magistrates Court
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A former Speedway world champion has been fined £600 for posessing drugs following the breakdown of a long term relationship.

Michael Lee, 54, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court today and admitted possessing 12.44 grams of cannabis and cannabis resin as well as 1.12 grams of amphetamine.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said the drugs were found at his home, in Freckenham Road, Worlington, during a police search on February 1.

David Shipman, in mitigation, said that Lee, who was Speedway world champion aged 21, had a ‘history of drug problems’ and undergone ‘a great deal of fame at a young age, great deal of success, great deal of heartache and problems since then’.

He said that Lee’s 11 year relationship had recently broken down and he ‘was under a great deal of turmoil at the time’.

Mr Shipman told the court that Lee is a self employed engineer specialising in producing and tuning racing motor cycle engine and works through the night. He takes amphetamines on occasion ‘to keep him going’.

Lee also smoked ‘a small amount of cannabis for relaxation purposes’.

Mr Shipman added: “He works extremely hard and has had an extremely difficult six months coping with this breakdown of the relationship.”

Lee was fined £300 for the cannabis and £300 for the amphetamines, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The drugs will be forfeited and destroyed.