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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

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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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Drugs raid across Doncaster

A house on Birch Avenue, where 48 cannabis plants were discovered

Police in Doncaster have recovered cannabis from five houses with a street value of £316,000 during a six week operation. The first warrant was carried out on Wednesday, February 29 at a property on Hexthorpe Road. There were 103 cannabis plants recovered with a street value of £31,000.

Two warrants were carried out Monday 5 and Tuesday March 6, at two properties on Stone Close Avenue in Hexthorpe. 258 cannabis plants were found in one property with a street value of £77,000, and 345 plants were found in the second property, with a street value of £104,000.

£90,000 worth of the drug was found at Wharncliffe Street on Friday, March 16.

A fifth warrant was carried out on Thursday, April 5, at a property on Birch Avenue in Skellow.

Cannabis plants with a street value of £14,000 were discovered.

Cannabis donated to charity

A black bin bag full of cannabis has been dropped off at a charity depot in Huddersfield.

Staff at Oxfam's Wastesaver centre found it as they were looking through donations. Police have taken custody of the drugs, which are estimated to have a street value of several thousands of pounds.

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