A YOUNG dad has been spared jail after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Ashley Pennington, 21, who had drugs worth £600 stashed at his Burnley home, had a job, and another child on the way.

Pennington wiped away tears in the dock of the town's crown court as he was given eight months in detention, suspended for two years.

The defendant, of Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, had admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing the drug.

Prosecutor Stephen Parker said police executed a warrant at the defendant's then home on Bristol Street, last June 18.

They found a carrier bag containing 56 wraps of cannabis - £10 deals, £40 cash and snap deal bags. The prosecutor said when questioned, the defendant said someone had left the bag. Philip Holden, for Pennington, said he had no previous convictions.

Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt told the defendant: "Until this you had been a responsible member of society and you made the worst possible decision that you could possibly make and you know that."