A TEENAGE drug dealer armed with a rounders bat admitted supplying cannabis and possessing an offensive weapon in Worcester.

Tyler Williams was caught with a rounders bat and cannabis in Nunnery Way, Worcester and was told by a judge to prepare himself for a prison sentence.

The 18-year-old, who was 17 at the time of the offences, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Monday afternoon where he entered his guilty pleas.

Williams of Springfield Street, Birmingham, admitted possession of a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) with intent to supply on February 21 last year and having an offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on the same day.

Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said Williams was 'drug dealing whilst armed'. There is a basis of plea which was not read out in court but the prosecutor said it would make 'no difference' to the overall sentence.

The court heard that Williams had only one previous conviction and has never been in custody before.

He was granted bail until the sentencing hearing which is scheduled to be held at Worcester Crown Court on February 3.

Judge Jim Tindal directed that a pre-sentence report be prepared in the meantime by the probation service to assist the sentencing judge.

He told Williams: "Given the severity of this offence you must prepare yourself for a prison sentence."

Judge Tindal also told Williams that it was in his interest to co-operate with the probation service in the preparation of the report.