Look in the cellar, a secret grower told the police

A 27-year-old man caught growing a dozen cannabis plants in the cellar of his Halifax home has been made the subject of a 12-month community order.

Police executed a search warrant at Gareth Bostock’s home in Siddal Lane, Siddal.

He immediately directed them to the cellar where they found one 30-cm tall cannabis plant and a dozen smaller ones.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Bostock was also using fans, timers and an air pump to cultivate the plants for his own use.

Bostock, who had previous convictions for cannabis-related offences, admitted being concerned in the production of the Class B drug.

His barrister Howard Shaw told the court that Bostock was taking steps to turn his life around and he now had a job in a cafe.

Mr Shaw said Bostock was motivated to sort out his cannabis problem.


Recorder Carl Gumsley ordered Bostock to do an extra 10 hours of unpaid work for the community after hearing he committed the latest offence in breach of a suspended sentence.

As part of the community order, Bostock will be subject to supervision for a year.

In addition, he must attend a thinking- skills programme.