Former councillor jailed for being drugs 'estate agent'

A former Tory councillor has been jailed after being convicted of being a property fixer for a drugs ring - obtaining properties they turned into cannabis factories.

Donal Hassett, 56, who represented the Newbridge ward on Bath and North East Somerset Council, used fake names and references to rent four homes that were used to produce drugs over a 15-month period.

He admitted fraudulently renting the properties across the West Country but claimed he had no idea what they would be used for.

One of the properties used to grow cannabis Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Hassett was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of conspiring to produce cannabis between January 2015 and March 2016.

Hassett, of Bath was suspended from the Conservative Party when he was charged and resigned from his post as councillor when he was convicted.

The judge at Bristol Crown Court sentenced Hassett to 33 months in jail. He told him he would serve up to half of that time inside and the rest of the term on licence.