EVIL LOAN SHARKS MADE ME GROW DRUGS Ex-glam­our babe Emma was forced into life of crime over £3k debt

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

SPORT stunna Emma Mor­gan has told how ruth­less loan sharks forced her to turn her home into a DRUGS FAC­TORY.

Gor­geous Emma’s or­deal be­gan two years ago af­ter she bor­rowed £3,000 from an el­derly gent who’d called at her home of­fer­ing loans.

The 40-year-old – was a glam­our babe in the 1990s – ran into cash prob­lems and was taken in by a friendly look­ing loan shark who con­vinced her to bor­row enough money to tide her over.

“I was taken in by him, he was a text­book grand­dad,” said Emma, 40.

Pet­ri­fied

“I wanted to give my three kids a Christ­mas they de­served so I bor­rowed £3,000.”

The man never re­turned – in­stead two thugs turn­ing up to col­lect monthly pay­ments at her home in Cheshire.

She said: “I was pet­ri­fied. I could not meet their de­mands.

“They said if I couldn’t pay off the loan I’d have to let them grow cannabis at my home.”

Emma was left with 22 cannabis plants in a bathroom that she had to water – with the thugs turn­ing up reg­u­larly to check she was tak­ing proper care of them.

Ar­rested

But just as the crops were ma­tur­ing, the po­lice ar­rived at her door last June af­ter some­one re­ported the smell of dope.

She was ar­rested and charged with pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance and, de­spite be­ing forced into it, still had to go to court.

Thank­fully when she ap­peared at Min­shull Street Crown Court in Manch­ester the judge took pity on her.

“I wanted to scream,” she said. “A 5ft 2in Page Three girl in prison wouldn’t stand a chance.

“Luck­ily the judge Mr Jus­tice Low ac­cepted I had been pres­surised greatly and was able to spare me jail.”

She was sen­tenced to nine months in prison sus­pended for a year plus 150 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Emma said: “I’ve been so naive and the strain has been un­bear­able. “I hope no one else goes through this. “My ad­vice is do not take a doorstep loan off any­one!”

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