Police donate cannabis farm compost to gardening club

19 Feb 2016 12:58 PM

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Police donate cannabis farm compost to day centre in Cowgate.

On Wednesday, January 27, officers from the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out a search of an address in Mostyn Green in the Kenton area after reports of suspicious activity at the property.

Once inside, they discovered a cannabis farm in the process of being set up.

124 cannabis plants, lighting and heating equipment were seized by officers along with 41 unopened bags of compost.

The cannabis was destroyed and the heating and lighting equipment removed, however the compost bags that were found were unopened and of good quality.

So officers made the decision to make use of it and donated to the gardening club at the Daybreak Centre in Cowgate.

The Daybreak Centre is for adults with learning disabilities and their gardening club has just recently started up again and were extremely grateful for the donation.

They will put the compost to good use in their community garden and it will help them to get their crops and flowers ready for spring.

Central Area Command Chief Inspector Steve Hails said: "It's great that we can put something that was intended for criminal purpose to good use and help out the Daybreak Centre with their gardening club. The officers from the neighbourhood policing team have a fantastic relationship with staff and the users of the day centre and we are always looking at ways to help and support them with their projects."

A 17-year-old Vietnamese male was arrested and subsequently charged with producing cannabis and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court at a future date.

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