Charity book taught drug growth

A MAN found growing cannabis plants in his Alford home learned how to do it from a book bought in a charity shop, Skegness magistrates have been told.

Leslie Critchlow, 51, now of Roman Bank, Skegness, admitted producing cannabis on January 10 and also admitted a breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed at Nottingham Crown Court for theft in July last year.

The magistrates heard that when police executed a search warrant at his home in Sea Moor Lane in Alford, they found 22 cannabis plants under cultivation and 12 seedlings, together with a variety of equipment, including lights and transformers.

When arrested, Critchlow told police it was for his own personal use.

In mitigation, Mr Asad Aziz said Critchlow had been ‘more than cooperative’ with the police.

“It was a small scale operation, purely for personal use,” he told magistrates.

He said that Critchlow had purchased a book on how to grow cannabis from a charity shop.

Imposing a six month community order, the magistrates told Critchlow his was ‘not a good record’.

“You are on an existing community order and on a suspended prison sentence,” he was told.

He was also ordered to observe an electronically monitored curfew from 7pm to 7am daily for four months and ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

He was told he would not be sentenced for breaching the suspended sentence but that would be referred to Nottingham Crown Court where he had originally been sentenced, for them to take any action they wished.