A FORMER data analyst for Greater Manchester Police lost his job after police found him to be drug driving.

Burnley Magistrates' Court heard how Zuned Uddin, 22, failed a roadside test for cannabis on Saturday, January 29.

Uddin was pulled over in his Volkswagen Polo in Bury Road, Rawtenstall, and when he got out the car, officers could smell cannabis.

Prosecuting, Suzanne Ludlow said officers administered a drugs test which returned a reading of 3.5 micrograms per litre of blood – the legal limit being 2mcg.

Uddin continued to work with the police to assist them with their investigation.

In mitigation, Waseem Chowdhary said Uddin had lost his job with Greater Manchester Police head office as a data analyst and is now living at home, not collecting benefits.

Mr Chowdhary added Uddin, of Bury Road, Rawtenstall, was also struggling with depression and anxiety and was not a regular user of cannabis.

Mr Chowdhary said: “He has never been before this court before.

"Until today he was a man of good character.”

Uddin was fined £120, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £34 – a total payment of £239.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.