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Councillor accused of growing cannabis

A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis Credit: Bath and North East Somerset Council

A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis.

Donal Hassett, who represents the Newbridge ward for Bath and North East Somerset Council appeared at Bristol Crown Court today accused of one count of conspiracy to produce class B cannabis.

He was arrested along with five other people as part of Operation Zephyr - the West Country's regional organised crime unit on March 24.

He will next appear on April 29th.

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£180,000 cannabis factory found in Bath

The entire house in High Street, Twerton had been converted into a cannabis farm. 300 plants with a street value of £180,000 were seized.

Police were called on Tuesday evening after a neighbour thought a burglary was taking place.

Two men were seen running away from the back of the house and jumping over the garden gate. They have not yet been found.

Police seized up to 300 plants at a house in High Street, Twerton. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

“This is a significant discovery, thanks to local intelligence. Because of that we have taken out of circulation a very large amount of cannabis.”

– PC Adge Secker

Dartmoor farmer allowed cannabis to be grown on land

John Shears has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis Credit: Irving of Exeter

A former chairman of the Devon National Farmers Union has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis.

John Shears has denied a second charge of producing the drug at his farm and now faces a trial at Exeter Crown Court next year.

Police seized 189 plants at the farm in May - capable of producing drugs worth thousands of pounds.

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Leading farmer arrested after police find cannabis plants

A member of the Dartmoor Park Authority has been arrested and bailed by police following the discovery of 189 cannabis plants at a farm in Devon.

69 year old John Shears, from Chagford near Newton Abbot, is a former branch chairman of the National Farmers Union.

John Shears, a former NFU branch chairman was arrested following a raid by police at a farm in Devon. Credit: ITV West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police also arrested three other men on suspicion of production of Class B drugs.

All four men were questioned at Launceston Police Station in Cornwall and are due to answer bail on August 7.

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