Man, 46, ordered to do unpaid work by a judge at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to producing cannabis in his garage in Copeland, Brownsover

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A Rugby man who was caught growing cannabis in his garage and airing cupboard has been ordered to do unpaid work.

Phillip Andrews, 46 of Copeland, Brownsover, Rugby, had pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

Andrew Tucker, prosecuting at Warwick Crown Court, said that in November last year the police went to Andrews’ home with a search warrant.

He was at work, but his wife let them in, and in the airing cupboard officers found six pots containing small cannabis plants.

When Andrews arrived home, having been called by his wife, the police were able to search the garage, to which he had the only key.

In there they found Andrews had set up a growing system with a constant water supply, high-powered lights and extractor fans.

There were a further five cannabis plants, three of which were approaching maturity, while the other two had been growing for six to eight weeks.

When he was arrested and questioned he said he was growing the plants ‘for economy reasons’ because he could not afford to pay street dealer prices.

Mr Tucker added that in 2002 Andrews had been jailed for possessing cannabis with intent to supply it, and was jailed again in 2006 for producing cannabis.

Andrews, who represented himself, told the judge: “Since this, I’ve virtually stopped using cannabis.”

He was given a 12-month community sentence and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay £185 costs.

Judge Michael Cullum told him: “You had 11 relatively small plants in two locations. But it has been accepted it was for your own cannabis habit, and you have recognised now that you are going to have to stop smoking it.”