A MAN was described in court as a classic example of how the drug spice could “destroy” a life.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, told Blackburn magistrates the drug had taken a grip of Anthony Bradley in no time at all and dragged him down.

“The drug is absolutely destroying him and his mental health,” said Mr Taylor.

“He was pleading with me in the cells saying he doesn’t know how to help himself.”

Bradley, 37, of Bolton Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order made in August.

Mr Taylor said that despite his failure to co-operate Bradley was desperate for help.

“He knows the probation service is really his only hope,” said Mr Taylor.

“Fundamentally he is not a bad person. He is desperate to stop using and would ask the court and the probation service to give him one last chance.

“I have told him it is a two way street and the probation service can only help him if he is prepared to help himself.”

Imposing a six-month drug rehabilitation order District Judge James Clarke said he regularly saw the consequences of spice use.

“I recognise that rehabilitation is a process and not an event,” said District Judge Clarke.

“You have come some way along that journey but it is clear you need additional help.”