Drug user grew cannabis at home

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A Queensbury man has been given a 12-month community order after he was caught growing cannabis last year.

Police were alerted to Steven Holt’s activities by the strong smell of cannabis and when they searched his property they found seven almost mature plants together with cuttings and some harvested material.

Holt, of Hill Lane End, pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug and abstracting electricity and was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court for the offending last November.

Judge Peter Benson said Holt was a user of the drug and that had escalated following a motorcycle accident.

The judge said Holt had been growing the drug for his own use and the police had discovered quite a sophisticated operation in an upstairs bedroom.

But Judge Benson described Holt as a hard-working man who looked after a small flock of sheep and laundered horse blankets and the like.

Under the terms of the community order Holt will have to do 100 hours unpaid work for and undertake an activity requirement for 15 days.