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Ex-Premier League star fined for cocaine possession at popular English theme park

Published 21/06/2016 | 20:35

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Marcus Bent of Birmingham celebrates his team's second goal second goal during the Coca Cola Championship match between Birmingham City and Watford at St Andrews on December 6, 2008 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Marcus Bent of Birmingham celebrates his team's second goal second goal during the Coca Cola Championship match between Birmingham City and Watford at St Andrews on December 6, 2008 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Former football star Marcus Bent has been fined for possessing cocaine at Chessington World of Adventures.

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The former Crystal Palace, Everton and Blackburn Rovers striker committed the offence while subject to a suspended prison sentence.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court confirmed that the 38-year-old, who lives in East Molesey, in southwest London, appeared as an overnight custody case.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cocaine, a class A drug, at the children's theme park, on June 20.

The former England Under 21 international, who scored 113 goals in 574 professional games for 14 different clubs, was fined £385, with £85 costs.

Earlier this year, at Guildford Crown Court, Bent was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for affray and possession of cocaine.

He had called 999, but when police officers attended his address he confronted them with a meat cleaver and kitchen knife while under the influence of the drug.

Telegraph.co.uk

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