A MAN will appear in court charged with having Class A drugs and a knife.

Jorge Mendes, 18, unemployed, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on December 17 charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin and possession of a knife in a public place.

It follows an incident on November 18 where the Southend Proactive Police Team stopped a man in Maldon Road and used stop and search powers before seizing drugs and a knife.