Drugs farm raided after three days

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A MAN who smoked cannabis every day set up his own mini drug factory at home.

But Paul Hayton had only had his ‘factory’ in the attic up and running for three days before he was raided by police.

Hayton, 43, of Clyde Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to producing and possessing cannabis. He was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and put on a 12 weeks curfew from 9pm to 6am by Blackpool magistrates.

On November 20, at 4.10pm, police went to Hayton’s home after receiving a tip-off cannabis was being grown there.

Officers found 50 small cannabis plants growing in the attic with a full hydroponics support system comprising lighting, heating and water. Three small bags of cannabis bush were also seized. The court heard Hayton told police he used £40 worth of cannabis a day.

Steven Townley, defending, said Hayton had cultivated the cannabis for his own use. He suffered from spine, heel and ankle problems and used the cannabis to relieve pain.