Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Thetford: Judge tells drug-growing dad to think about his family

12:00 01 February 2013

Cannabis

Cannabis

A JUDGE told a drug user who was growing cannabis in the family home to think about his children.

shares

Craig Michael Davidge, of Exeter Way, Thetford, pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug, possessing 166.28g of cannabis resin and a CS gas incapacitation spray.

West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Bury St Edmunds was told that the 34-year-old father, who lives with his partner and three children, had only recently started growing for his own use when police called at his home.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said that officers who went to the address on October 11 last year to execute a warrant saw Davidge drop two cannabis plants out of a rear bedroom window. She added that a search of the house uncovered cannabis leaves drying in an airing cupboard, a wooden box of “green herbal matter”, a block of cannabis resin, a hydroponic growing kit and a CS can.

The court was told the plants were his first crop and the gas was given to him by a friend after an attempted burglary.

Sally Dale, defending, said since the incident Davidge had joined a drug rehabilitation project and reduced his cannabis intake.

Sentencing Davidge to a 12-month community order with supervision, District Judge Celia Dawson said: “I appreciate you were doing it because it was cheaper than buying it, but you were setting up a cannabis factory in your home to which children had access. You need to think about the example you’re setting.”

shares

0 comments

A large tree has smashed into electricity cables after heavy winds in Great Barton.

Strong winds early today have brought down trees and power lines around the county, causing disruption for morning travellers.

Disused frontage at Severalls Hospital.

Trespassers on a derelict hospital site have been warned they will be prosecuted.

Ipswich Crown Court

An Ipswich woman accused of throwing a plate at her brother’s head during a violent row on their mother’s birthday has been cleared of assault by a jury.

Abbey Gardens - are you proud of Suffolk's green spaces?

Welcome to Suffolk Says – your opportunity to give your views on a range of important issues in our county.

Fears over future of probation service in Suffolk and elsewhere in East Anglia

Criminals jailed for up to a year could be supervised over the phone and use kiosks to report to the probation service electronically once they are released back in the community.

Gorseland Primary School, Ipswich.

Parents are “delighted” after they were told eight support centres for children with additional needs were granted a stay of execution.

Shining Lights awards at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Becki Nunn, Amber Rout, Kelly Bugg.

Healthcare staff who have helped to make a real difference to patients and their families over the last 12 months have been celebrated at the annual Shining Lights awards.

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold

This year’s line-up of up-and-coming acts has been announced for Latitude’s Lake Stage – famous for hosting stars of the future on their rise to prominence.

Colchester General Hospital is preparing to open their new Radiotherapy Centre.

A massive jobs fair is being held by the trust running Colchester’s hospitals in a bid to tackle a shortage of nurses.

The Stagecoach Spectacular at The Apex in Bury.

More than 100 young people got the chance to put on a show at a professional concert hall in Bury St Edmunds.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages