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Have-a-go hero takes policeman for a dope

A CELEBRATED have-a-go hero and stuntman has been spared jail over drugs charges.

Alex Brewer, aged 24, of Lee Road, Blackheath, was caught trying to sell cannabis to an undercover cop and fined £500 at Southwark Crown Court.

On July 31, he featured on the front page of News Shopper being congratulated by police after foiling a robbery.

Brewer, a landscape gardener and stuntman, who has worked with Hollywood stars including Steven Seagal, told the court he spiked his tea with the drug to ease aches and pains caused by his job.

He admitted buying the drug in Leicester Square on September 6 but said he got more than he needed.

When he tried to offload the surplus, he inadvertently offered it to a man who turned out to be an undercover officer.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan said Brewer tried to flee the scene but was arrested after a struggle with four officers.

For the defence Iver Frank said work-related injuries were behind the "momentary fall from grace" of the stuntman, who worked on the recent smash hit Exit Wounds.

He added Brewer "occasionally used small amounts of cannabis in his tea as a painkiller".

Just seven weeks previously, Brewer received police praise for forcing two crooks to abandon a £2,000 haul after a robbery at his neighbour's house on July 9.

The kung fu fan was practising in his garden when he spotted the thieves making their getaway.

He used his martial arts skills to force them to drop their haul.

Judge Jeremy McMullen QC said, in the light of Brewer's previous good character and have-a-go' public spiritedness, his punishment would be a £500 fine plus £350 costs.

He had pleaded guilty to one count of supplying £10 of cannabis and one of possessing 30 grams of a Class B drug.

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