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Police force allows e-cigarettes

Claims e-cigarettes are healthier than real ones. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

A police force has become the first in Britain to allow officers to smoke e-cigarettes.

The electronic inhalers have been banned by some organisations amid fears they're still bad for health.

They turn a liquid solution into safe smoke and contain a small amount of nicotine, but not the dangerous tar.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has now decided that staff can smoke them, saying their benefits outweigh the disadavantages.

A force spokesman said: "Following discussion which considered both pros and cons of both visibility and health it was agreed that use of electronic cigarettes would be permitted on police premises although not in front-facing areas such as enquiry offices."

However Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has banned e-cigarettes from their premises.

E-cigarettes were first invented in China in 2003 to combat smoking bans and are designed to give the same sensation as a regular cigarette.

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Police raid cannabis farm

Police uncovered cannabis plants with an estimated value of £30,000 after raiding a home in Peterborough.

Acting on intelligence, officers executed a warrant at the property in Eldern, Orton Malborne, on January 22.

Officers discovered 39 potted plants and 14 harvested plants.

A 37-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis. They were taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station and have since been released on bail.

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Louis Smith backs police drink drive campaign

Louis Smith is backing Cambridgeshire Police's campaign Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Olympic hero Louis Smith, is supporting Cambridgeshire Constabulary's drink drive campaign.

The Silver medallist from Peterborough says he wants to appeal to people, especially in the local area, to think before getting in their cars after enjoying a Christmas drink.

Cannabis grower ordered to pay back £50,000

A man who set up a cannabis factory in his home in Stilton has been ordered to pay back almost £50,000. 41-year-old James Hobbs was first caught in July 2010 after his fingerprints were discovered at a cannabis factory near Louth, Lincolnshire. Police found more than 100 cannabis plants.

Five months later he was arrested for possessing cannabis after he was stopped in a car in South Wales. As a result his new home, in Oak Road, Stilton, was searched and two rooms were found to have hydroponics set up with 126 cuttings and two mature cannabis plants.

He was jailed for 16 months in March this year. At Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (September 28), Judge Sean Enright made a confiscation order determining that Hobbs had a criminal benefit of £137,619. He was ordered to pay £47,341 within six months or face a further 13 months in prison.

"Hobbs refused to stop growing cannabis and was ultimately jailed for his offending. He made a huge amount of money through his criminality and we're pleased he now has to pay a large chunk of that back."

– Financial Investigator Detective Constable Mark Stratton, Cambridgeshire Police
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