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North Scarle man jailed after cannabis farm and stolen shotgun uncovered by officers attending separate matter, Lincoln Crown Court told

A cannabis farm was uncovered when police visited an address to speak to the owner about a separate matter, a court heard.

Officers went to Lodge Farm at North Scarle in August this year having received a complaint that Kevin Haigh had assaulted his sister, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Friday).

Tom Welshman, prosecuting, said when officers arrived at the premises they discovered 108 cannabis plants growing in three separate rooms.

Cannabis. Stock picture (45588774)
Cannabis. Stock picture (45588774)

Mr Welshman said: “If the cannabis had been sold in one-gram deals it could potentially have raised £90,000. The officers also found that the electricity supply had been bypassed.”

Later police went to the home of Haigh’s partner where they found a stolen shotgun in a bin. The weapon, which had been disassembled, had Haigh’s fingerprints on it.

Haigh, 58, of Eagle Road, North Scarle, admitted producing cannabis and unlawfully abstracting electricity.

Lincoln Crown Court (50341526)
Lincoln Crown Court (50341526)

He also admitted common assault of his sister Jennifer Howitt; criminal damage to a fridge at her home; possession of a shotgun without a certificate and handling a stolen shotgun.

Haigh was jailed for two years and was given a three-year restraining order, banning him from contacting his sister and from going within 100 metres of her home.

Judge John Pini QC told him: “You got yourself involved in some quite serious offending. This was a significant cannabis grow.”

David Eager, in mitigation, said although Haigh was in trouble as a youngster — he had no convictions for 30 years.

“This is a huge fall from grace for this man," he said. "He has in the past worked with the probation service as an unpaid work supervisor. He has let himself down and is thoroughly ashamed.”

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