A 62-year-old man who hid a bar of cannabis in his house was told by a judge he is ‘too old for crime’.

Teeside court saw Michael Jackson appear for possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Jackson had previously been acquitted of conspiracy to supply cocaine for which other men in the same scheme were jailed for 13 years apiece.

The quarter of a kilo bar of cannabis was found in the hosue of the 62 year old as part of an inquiry into the cocaine conspiracy.

He first claimed it was for his own use but then admitted it was for supplying to people other than just himself and his friends.

Investigators assessed the amount of money he made from selling the cannabis to be just over £1,000.

Joe Spencer, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Jackson does have a long record, but his last drugs offence was in 1990.

Judge Shaun Morris sentenced Jackson to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and a curfew of six months.

The judge told him: “Your previous convictions go back to the days of larceny.

“You are getting too old for this. Go away, look after yourself, and don’t let me see you again.”

Jackson was ordered to pay £1,041 as the proceeds of crime within three months.