WHEN police smashed their way into her bathroom, Pauline Smith had to grab a towel to preserve her modesty, a court heard yesterday.

But what she did not cover was 7.6 grammes of amphetamine, with a street value of £76, found in small plastic bags beneath the bath plug, Nicholas Ralph, prosecuting, told Harrogate magistrates.

Smith, 43, of Aismunderby Close, Ripon, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to possession of amphetamine and was given a conditional discharge for a year and ordered to pay £60 costs.

She denied charges of possession of 72 diazepam tablets and permitting her home to be used for the smoking of cannabis, and those charges were dropped.

Peter Olley, defending, said Smith had suffered from depression for a year and used the amphetamine to help her cope and also to assist her struggles with a weight problem.