A DRUG user who entered a house before stealing a purse has been sentenced to a community order.

Graham Dixon, 42, got into an address on Kidstone Close, Sutton, snatching the woman’s purse and its contents, St Helens Magistrates’ Court was told.

Dixon, of Holbrook Close, Sutton, was spared jail and instead given a community sentence, which involves treatment for drug dependency.

He will be a non-resident patient for nine months and must take part in up to 24 sessions.

Dixon, who is on benefits, must pay £50 compensation to his victim and £100 in court costs.