Unpaid work for cannabis grower

A SHOP owner has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work after police discovered a mini cannabis factory in his kitchen.

Officers were searching the home of Lee Edwards, 30, of St Peter’s Road, St Leonards, on March 24 when they found 10 plants growing in the small hydroponics factory.

Edwards told officers he had been given the plants and was growing the drug for his own personal use.

He pleaded guilty to possessing a class B drug and cultivating cannabis when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on Friday, April 8.

Magistrates heard Edwards had 20 previous convictions, but these did not include any for drugs offences.

He was given a 12-month community order, to include the unpaid work, and must pay £80 court costs.