Two men jailed for growing £60,000 cannabis farm in St Leonards

Kyle Wilder SUS-151105-164952001
Kyle Wilder SUS-151105-164952001
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Two men have been jailed for production of cannabis in St Leonards.

Kyle Wilder, 29, of St Helens Road, Hastings, and Harry Shanks, 25, of Quantock Gardens, St Leonards, have been jailed for four years and 3 years and 4 months respectively, after being found guilty of cultivating cannabis.

The fire service were called to an address in London Road, St Leonards, on July 23, 2013 to a report of water leaking through the ceiling of the ground floor premises. Having got no reply at the door, they entered and found a significant cannabis set up.

When examined it was established that there were over 250 plants with a total potential street value of some £60,000.

The system used to water the plants was leaking through the floor to flat below.

Shanks pleaded guilty to cannabis production on the first day of his trial at Lewes Crown Court. Wilder, who was already serving a two and a half year sentence for a similar offence at his address in May 2013, and Stephen Burt, 33, of Ormerod Avenue, St Leonards, pleaded not guilty but were convicted after a trial. Both were given court bail to attend court for their sentencing, but Burt failed to appear and a court warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Detective Constable Julian Stokes said, “A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) will take place later in the year at which we will seek Confiscation Orders against these men to strip them of their criminal profits.”