Ipswich: Former landlord accused of growing pot

A FORMER Ipswich pub landlord is due to stand trial after being charged with growing cannabis and fiddling free electricity over a six-month period.

David Clarke, of Old Norwich Road, Ipswich, who has denied the allegations, had his case committed to Ipswich Crown Court.

The 61-year-old ex-landlord of the Whitton Maypole has elected for trial by jury.

He appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich for his committal hearing.

During the proceedings, which lasted around five minutes, the charges were read out to Clarke.

He is accused of being concerned in the production of cannabis, a Class B drug.

The alleged offence is said to have occurred on December 2 last year.

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It is understood the allegations relate to a relatively small number of cannabis plants.

In addition Clarke is accused of abstracting/using electricity without authority.

The charge covers the period between June 22 and December 2.

It is understood that police arrested the ex-publican at around 1.30pm on December 2.

Grey-haired Clarke, who was wearing a white T-shirt, dark beige sleeveless jumper and jeans, was told his plea and case management hearing would be held at Ipswich Crown Court on August 24.

A trial window was given for between October 1 and November 16.

After informing Clarke of the crown court dates, chairman of the bench, Bob Skinner, released him on unconditional bail until his next appearance.

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