Man grew cannabis plants in bedrooms of Bury St Edmunds house

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Police discovered two bedrooms at a house in Boby Road, Bury, being used to grow cannabis, Ipswich Crown Court has heard.

On Wednesday Adrian Bates, 34, of Sebert Road, Bury received a two year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid community work, pay a £100 victim surcharge and be under Probation Service supervision for 12 months. He was also given a six month drug rehabilitation order. He had admitted producing the Class B drug.

Mr Recorder Malcolm Bishop QC told him: “Don’t think you have got away lightly. It is a warning to you and the last warning you will get.”

Frances Coles-Harrington, prosecuting said the plants could have yeilded cannabis with a street value of between £12,000 and £36,000.

Mr Recorder Bishop said the suspended sentence was due in part to it being grown for Bates’ own use for medicinal purposes.