Dad was growing cannabis in Colne cellar

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A cannabis-growing Colne dad left a court apologising and promising he would not do it again.

Steven Williams (29) had 20 mature plants in the cellar of his home, growing under timed, artificial lighting, in soil. An extraction system piped fumes into a chimney, Burnley magistrates heard.

The hearing was told that when he was interviewed by officers, after attending voluntarily at the police station, he told officers the plants were his and his family knew nothing about them. He said he was sorry

Williams, a father-of-one, of Gordon Street, admitted producing cannabis on April 20. The defendant was given a community order, with 120 hours unpaid work and must pay £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and a £180 criminal court charge.

He had no previous convictions.

The Bench said there would have been quite a high yield of drugs and a child was in the house at the time.

However, it was an isolated incident and the defendant had never been in trouble before.

The chairwoman told Williams: “You have shown remorse and fully co-operated with probation.”

As he left the courtroom, the defendant, who is set to become a father again, told the justices: “I apologise.” The chairwoman said: “Don’t be doing it again then.” Williams replied: “I definitely won’t.”