CARER QUIZZED ON CANNABIS FARM IN PA­TIENT’S CEL­LAR

Dis­abled David tells of shock as dope plants found in base­ment

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY SCAR­LET HOWES [email protected]­daymir­ror.co.uk

A CARER is be­ing probed by po­lice who found a cannabis farm in the home of a dis­abled man he was look­ing after.

The plants were grow­ing in the cel­lar – where householder David Huy­ton was un­able to go be­cause of his con­di­tion.

Mr Huy­ton, 30, had no­ticed strange noises and a funny smell.

And when his elec­tric­ity bills started to rocket, he called British Gas and told them of his sus­pi­cions.

They in­formed po­lice who found 13 dope plants – with a street value of £20,000 – be­ing grown in the base­ment un­der the warmth and light from a bank of elec­tric lamps.

The 43-year-old carer was quizzed by de­tec­tives and sacked from his job.

Mr Huy­ton said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it when I was told my home was be­ing used for a pot farm. I was stunned.”

“I knew some­thing odd was go­ing on but I never pic­tured this. It started with the noises com­ing from the base­ment. There was a lot of hum­ming and crashes. Then I started to smell some­thing funny.”

Mr Huy­ton, who needs round-the­clock sup­port for a con­di­tion that restricts his move­ments, went on: “I have to use crutches to stand and the base­ment is 16ft below the house, mean­ing the stairs are very steep.

“I wasn’t able to in­ves­ti­gate what was go­ing on down there.” Then his elec­tric­ity smart me­ter started rack­ing up huge bills at his ter­raced house in Win­son Green, Birm­ing­ham.

Mr Huy­ton said: “My me­ter was go­ing into the red con­stantly. It was on ten pounds on a good day, dou­ble on a bad.”

He then found a bag of cannabis worth thou­sands of pounds dumped be­hind his set­tee.

But Mr Huy­ton was too scared to tell po­lice and the truth only come out when he spoke to his en­ergy sup­plier about his soar­ing bills.

“I called British Gas as they had put my ac­count on hold be­cause my bill had run up so high,” he said. “I just couldn’t un­der­stand what the rea­son would be.

“I felt so upset and so it all came out and I told them ev­ery­thing.”

British Gas got sus­pi­cious and in­formed po­lice last Novem­ber.

It took a month be­fore the spe­cial­ist cops could re­move all of the drug para­pher­na­lia.

The carer un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been em­ployed by a pri­vate care agency to help David with his every­day needs.

Last night his bosses re­fused to com­ment.

Mr Huy­ton said: “I’m ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. The whole sit­u­a­tion has been hor­ri­ble.”

A spokesman for West Mid­lands po­lice said: “A to­tal of 13 plants were re­cov­ered and a 43-year-old man was vol­un­tar­ily in­ter­viewed.

“En­quiries are on­go­ing.”

SCARED David and en­trance to cel­lar STASH Cannabis was worth £20,000

SE­CRET Re­mains of cannabis farm in cel­lar of David’s ter­race house in Win­son Green, Birm­ing­ham

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