Drug farm found after assault

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A cannabis farm was found at a man’s home after he launched himself at his girlfriend’s step-father and punched him in the head.

Officers who went to Christopher Haithwaite’s flat following the attack found seven cannabis plants growing in a tent in his bedroom.

Haithwaite, 42, of Central Drive, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault and producing cannabis.

He was sentenced to do 80 hours unpaid work for the community, put on 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £75 compensation by Blackpool magistrates, who also ordered the destruction of the drugs.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the defendant and his girlfriend had an argument on September 11.

She said she was leaving him and her step-father arrived to help her move out.

Haithwaite squared up to the step-father saying: “Come on I’ll knock you out.”

He launched himself at the step-father and punched him about the head, causing a cut on his nose.

Police who went to the scene found Haithwaite growing cannabis in a tent there.

When interviewed he told police the step-father had “acted all hard” and tried to take the dog jointly owned by him and his girlfriend.

Martin Hillson, defending, told magistrates his client said the step-father acted in a confrontational manner.

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