A MAN has been charged with drugs and driving offences after police proactively stopped a car in Eastbourne.

On Tuesday (November 3), officers were on plain-clothed patrols when they witnessed a suspected drugs deal take place in a car in Bourne Street around midday.

The car was then seen again in Grange Road at 1.15pm, when further suspicious activity was witnessed.

Uniformed officers were called to stop the vehicle and did so in St Anne’s Road. A search of the vehicle found cocaine with an estimated street value of £3,000, cannabis with an estimated street value of £6,000 and around £2,000 in cash.

Shkelqim Belshaku, 42, unemployed and of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and acquiring / using / possessing criminal property.

He appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (November 4) and was remanded in custody to next appear in court on December 2.