Spalding man sentenced on cannabis grow

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Police swooped on a house in Pinchbeck following an anonymous tip-off and found cannabis plants in a grow tent, magistrates heard.

Ruth Snodin, prosecuting, said Church claimed that a Traveller had come to his door in Spalding and asked him to look after some cannabis plants and Church took them because he feared he would get “a pasting” if he didn’t agree.

She said Church also stated he thought he would only have to look after the plants for a couple of days and it would make his life easier if he agreed to take them.

Mrs Snodin said in the early hours of October 21, police received anonymous information about a potential cannabis grow.

Police went to the address in Pinchbeck and spoke to the occupants.

Mrs Snodin said Church was present when police arrived and he confirmed then that he had taken cannabis to the address and showed police a grow tent containing ten large plants.

She said Church admitted the plants and the associated equipment were his and the people living at the address had nothing to do with it.

Church, of Acacia Avenue, pleaded guilty to producing 16 cannabis plants, a class B controlled drug, when he appeared before Boston magistrates yesterday (Wednesday).

He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work as part of a year-long community order and must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £40 costs.

Mrs Snodin said told magistrates the explanation Church had put forward in interview “was not plausible”.

But solicitor Neil Sands, mitigating, said Church engaged in the offence as a result of coercion or pressure.

He said Church entered an early guilty plea, fully cooperated with police, had no previous similar convictions and there had been no subsequent convictions while he was on bail.