Glemsford: Father admits growing cannabis plants in loft

A FATHER-of-four has been handed a community order after cannabis plants were found in his loft.

Unemployed Simon Reid, of Greyhound Road, Glemsford, near Sudbury, admitted producing a quantity of the controlled class B drug when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, told the court that police had arrived at the 41-year-old’s home on May 31 and told him they were going to execute a drugs warrant.

She added: “He (Reid) then said ‘It’s up in the loft’ and police found a number of cannabis plants.”

Reid, who has 20 previous convictions for 69 offences, represented himself at the hearing.

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When questioned by chair of the magistrates Susan Hughes about his motivations, Reid said he had “nothing” to say.

He added: “I was just going to smoke them. It was for my use.”

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The court was told that specialist equipment, associated with the cultivation of cannabis, had been found in the loft alongside 11 mature-looking plants. Reid denied he was going to use the equipment to grow more plants.

He added: “I accept they were there but it doesn’t mean I was going to use them. I just acquired them.”

Mrs Hughes sent off for probation reports before sentencing Reid to a 12- month community order with supervision. She also ordered the disposal and destruction of the cannabis plants and the equipment and handed Reid a fine of �85.

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