Performer Paul Anderson of Peaky Blinders was caught on Boxing Day with crack cocaine along with additional drugs; as a result, he received a monetary penalty for carrying drugs. According to reports from his attorney, Anderson, who plays the hell-raising sibling Arthur Shelby in the show and turns to drugs, occasionally goes into character to appease fans who recognize him.He showed up in Highbury Corner magistrates court on Thursday, where he was charged with having two class C prescription drugs, class B amphetamines, and class A crack cocaine. He received a penalty of a total of £1,345 after entering a guilty plea to all four offences.
Anderson reportedly said little more than to restate his requests and to verify his name and north-west London residence. Anderson, according to prosecutor Kevin Kendridge, was found in possession of the drugs on Boxing Day. According to The Daily Mail, the proprietor of a pub next to Anderson’s house called the police because he had heard that crack cocaine odours originated from the disabled restroom after Anderson had departed.
According to the newspaper, Anderson was discovered by authorities with a young man and a 17-month-old child. After taking him to a police station, they discovered diazepam, pregabalin, crack cocaine, and a wrap of dark powder that turned out to be amphetamines.
“You will recognize the defendant from a very intense part that he has played in a recent television program,” Anderson’s attorney allegedly said in mitigation. “He is often recognized and does his best to please fans of the show by slipping into character.” “He was recognized that Boxing Day and tried to play up for these people. And because of the lifestyle he leads people often give him inducements.” Anderson wasn’t abusing crack cocaine, according to his attorney, but he nonetheless stated, “He has found himself in an unfortunate position and should have had the strength to say no.”