Jailed for drugs

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A man caught with almost £500 worth of cannabis has been jailed for three months.

Martin Hall ap­peared at Dumbarton Sher­iff Court last week af­ter ad­mit­ting hav­ing the drug in Mitchell Way, Alexan­dria, on Jan­uary 27.

The 30-year-old, pre­vi­ously of McColl Av­enue, Tul­lichewan, but whose ad­dress was given as the Blue Tri­an­gle in Alexan­dria, was on bail at the time. A de­ter­mined dad bat­tled the equiv­a­lent of the worst hang­over ever to scale the world’s high­est free­stand­ing moun­tain.

Martin Davies and pal Ste­vie Black trekked 6000 me­tres up Mount Kil­i­man­jaro to raise almost £2000 for char­ity.

The 44-year-old po­lice de­tec­tive from Jamestown was over­whelmed when he reached the sum­mit of the moun­tain in Tan­za­nia af­ter the gru­elling climb.

He told the Len­nox Her­ald: “It was the most in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We had headaches and were phys­i­cally tired but when we got to the sum­mit, wow, what an achieve­ment.

“It was the cul­mi­na­tion of 18 months prepa­ra­tion and nearly a year of phys­i­cal train­ing. It was quite emo­tional.”

Martin and Ste­vie, from He­lens­burgh, reached the sum­mit on October 5 af­ter four days of climb­ing.

They trav­elled to Tan­za­nia and met up with guides and other trekkers be­fore be­gin­ning their exppedi­tion.

He said: “We were climb­ing about 1200 me­tres a day.

“On the fourth day we made our way to the sum­mit camp and af­ter a couple of hours’ sleep there at mid­night we set off with head torches and climbed to the top of the moun­tain.

“We had a cup of gin­ger tea for al­ti­tude sick­ness and headed to the sum­mit.”

De­spite spend­ing months go­ing through a tough fit­ness regime, mak­ing sure their bod­ies were in the best shape they could be for the climb, the pair knew that the ef­fects of the al­ti­tude were some­thing they could not con­trol.

The dad-of-two con­tin­ued: “Al­ti­tude is a funny thing. My fit­ness was ex­cel­lent, so was Ste­vie’s but al­ti­tude is an un­known quan­tity.

“We didn’t know how our bod­ies were go­ing to take it.

“It feels like the worst hang­over you’ve ever had. You are strug­gling to breathe be­cause there’s only 50 per­cent oxy­gen on the sum­mit.

“Your body’s work­ing so hard and your rest­ing heart rate is through the roof.”

They are now think­ing about their next ad­ven­ture: the Inca trail in Peru.

Martin and Ste­vie funded the Kil­i­man­jaro trip them­selves and raised £2000 for Chil­dren’s Hos­pice Across Scot­land.

Martin said: “It wasn’t the rea­son we did it. It was to tick off our bucket list but we thought CHAS is such an amaz­ing char­ity that we would raise money for

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