Police found more than 50 plants in Bideford house

A Bideford man who grew more than 50 ‘poor quality’ cannabis plants will undertake 100 hours of unpaid work.

Luke Cracknell, 30, of Clovelly Road was found to be growing 48 plants in his spare bedroom and a further four in his garden with an estimated street value of £8,400, North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday.

That figure was disputed by Mr Waters, for the defence, as the cannabis plants were ‘of pretty poor quality’ and Cracknell would only get a small yield from them.

Police ‘stumbled across’ the operation after smelling cannabis while walking down the road.

Following a probation report, magistrates concluded that the ‘amateurish’ operation was only for personal use and that Cracknell was not growing the plants for profit. Cracknell was ‘very remorseful’ and accepted that he had been ‘naïve’.

As well as 100 hours of unpaid community work, Cracknel was also ordered to pay £145 in costs and victim surcharge by sitting Magistrate Susan Lloyd.