A rapper with a song called 'Jail Bars' is starting a prison sentence after being caught dealing thousands of pounds worth of drugs.

Thomas Clark, who raps under the name Tommy The Spitter, has been locked up for 32 months for dealing cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.

The 30-year-old, from Prestwich, recently made a track with an American musician who has connections with Jay-Z in the US, Manchester Crown Court heard.

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In his track Jail Bars, Clark raps: "You stupid fool I've got a toothbrush with razors in the end of it, I use the tool to cut your jugular and end you quick.

"Need I explain I'm deranged I ain't the friendliest.

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"I ain't that nasty either, I just like to slash a geezer."

But his burgeoning music career has hit the buffers after a drugs case came back to haunt him.

Police were called to reports of 'suspicious activity' near some houses on Nuttall Mews in Whitefield, Bury, at about 6pm on May 19, 2018.

A hired Mercedes C class was parked on the road, with two men inside.

Clark, who had paid for the hire of the car, was stood at the back of the vehicle.

It had a strong smell of cannabis coming from it.

When an officer arrived one of the man ran away and escaped.

After the unsuccessful chase, the other man in the car had vanished but Clark remained.

Police found a black holdall which had been thrown into some bushes, containing 738g of cannabis.

Thomas Clark outside Manchester Crown Court

It had a street value of about £4,000 or £7,300, depending on how it was sold, prosecutor Adrian Farrow said.

A box containing £1,200 in cash and Clark's passport was also found, as well as £270 worth of ketamine and 16g of high purity cocaine, worth £660.

In interview with police, Clark said he didn't know anything about the drugs and said the cash was money his grandmother had given him.

He had the vehicle because he 'wanted to use a nice car', he said.

But the box was found to have Clark's fingerprints on it.

Clark said he was only dealing the cocaine to a friend, and he would only make a 'very modest' sum.

He later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, cannabis and ketamine.

Clark has 24 previous convictions, including for dealing cannabis in May 2016, when he received a suspended sentence.

His barrister Frances Hertzog said it was 'wholly out of character' for Clark to be dealing cocaine.

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Ms Hertzog said there had been a 'very significant delay' in the case which wasn't Clark's fault.

She said in that time has taken steps to 'turn his life around', including working in digital marketing and setting up a business.

Speaking of his rapping, she said he had recently played his first concert at a festival and Norfolk, and of his YouTube account, said: "He has amassed a following of around 1,500 subscribers."

She said a recently released track had 'taken off' online, and said if he was jailed he plans to continue his music after release.

"He had hoped to make a career of that and is still very positive," she said.

Appealing for him to be spared jail, Ms Hertzog said that his good work would be undone if he were locked up.

But the judge, Recorder Carwyn Cox, said the offences were too serious.

Clark, of Knights Close, Prestwich, will serve half of his sentence in jail.