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Police appeal to public to report suspicious behaviour surrounding drugs

My officers acted upon concerns raised within the community and I would appeal to the public to contact the police if they have any information with regards to people who are supplying or producing controlled drugs.

– Inspector Richard Sullivan of the Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team

Cannabis farm shut down by police in Knottingley

More than 80 plants were recovered by the police during the raid Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A cannabis farm in Knottingley has been shut down by police in a drug raid.

More than 80 plants were recovered by officers who attended an address on Simpsons Lane on Monday after suspicious activity was reported to police.

All suspicious activity should be reported to police via 101.

Cannabis plants found in Grantham drug raid

A significant amount of drugs have been recovered after a raid in Grantham.

Police officers had a search warrant to check an address in the town at around midday. The commercial unit contained around 2,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of around £1.2m.

These plants will now be destroyed. A 35-year man and a 32-year-old man were arrested.


Reaction to poisoning sentence

A mother whose son died after drinking plant food that she used to grow cannabis has escaped an immediate jail sentence. Lauren Booth from Huddersfield was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years.

It’s hard to imagine the appalling pain and suffering this little boy endured before he died. Child neglect is abuse and at its most serious, as in this case, it can result in a fatality. It’s vital that sentences handed down send a strong message that treating children in such a cruel and inhumane way will result in very serious consequences.

– Ruth Gardner, head of strategy and development for neglect at the NSPCC

Mother sentenced after son drinks cannabis plant food

A mother, whose 2 year old son died after drinking poisonous plant food used for growing cannabis, has been given a suspended jail sentence by a judge at Bradford Crown Court.

Lauren Booth, 23, from Almondbury in Huddersfield had been convicted by a jury of wilfully neglecting her son Aaron. She was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Aaron died in hospital eleven days after drinking the liquid.The court had heard how Aaron had not been fed that that day and was probably extremely hungry and thirsty.The toddler may have mistaken the plant food for a fruit drink.

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