Blaze probe leads to cannabis dis­cov­ery

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

A YOUNG mo­tor­cy­clist is in hospi­tal af­ter a crash with a car while al­legedly not wear­ing a hel­met.

The man, who is in his 20s, was in­jured in the crash in Cleck­heaton. His Yamaha scooter col­lided with a red Citroen at a junc­tion on Whit­cliffe Road near Tesco.

Eye­wit­ness Mia Brog­den, 19, said: “My­self and my friend were driv­ing up Ser­pen­tine Road to turn on to the bridge.

“The other car was turn­ing on to Ser­pen­tine Road. The bike was com­ing up Whit­cliffe Road to­wards the bridge.

“I didn’t see any lights as the guy came fly­ing up the road and he wasn’t wear­ing a hel­met. All of a sud­den I saw the bike smash into the car and he flew over the car.

“I got out of the car and told the per­son who was driv­ing the car that he smashed into to ring for an am­bu­lance. He was in a panic and said he came out of nowhere.

“The guy had a head wound, his teeth were dam­aged, he was bleed­ing from his head and mouth.

“His leg looked bro­ken – it could fully swing round. It wasn’t nice to watch at all. He was in a lot of pain.”

“When he came around, I let him know what had hap­pened and that he had to keep his head still. I stayed with him un­til an am­bu­lance came and made sure he kept hav­ing gas and air while they straight­ened his leg out on to a splint. He kept try­ing to get up and move so I had to keep him calm.”

A spokesper­son for West York­shire Po­lice said: “We were called at 9.25pm to re­ports of a road traf­fic col­li­sion in­volv­ing a car and a scooter. One per­son in his 20s has been taken to hospi­tal.” yield from the crop of about 1.7 kilo­grammes worth around £4,000 whole­sale, but ac­cepted not all might have been us­able.

Carl Kings­ley, rep­re­sent­ing Horn, said he played a lim­ited func­tion in what went on, but ac­cepted he rented the premises in March and the plants were dis­cov­ered in April.

“He ac­cepts he rented the prop­erty for that pur­pose but did so un­der pres­sure and in­tim­i­da­tion, show­ing naivety and ex­ploita­tion due to the in­flu­ence of oth­ers who were owed a debt by one of his friends who is now de­ceased.”

He said that man had owed £10,000 and Horn had been re­pay­ing £100 a week out of his le­git­i­mate wages from work for some two years, and had been told the cannabis grow would end the debt.

He re­alised he should have con­tacted po­lice in­stead.

Horn, 27, who lived else­where in Manch­ester Road, ad­mit­ted pro­duc­ing cannabis and was given a 12-month prison sen­tences sus­pended for 12 months with 180 hours un­paid work.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Col­lier QC, said “You were friends with peo­ple who got into debt and you were pre­pared to al­low premises you rented to be used to set up a lit­tle cannabis farm as a way of dis­charg­ing that debt to those who were owed the money.”

Such pro­duc­tion was se­ri­ous but Horn had no pre­vi­ous drug of­fences and, hav­ing read ref­er­ences from his em­ployer that he was a val­ued mem­ber of the team, he could sus­pend the in­evitable prison sen­tence.

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