Drug pair convicted

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TWO men have been convicted of running a large cannabis factory found in Scorton.

The cannabis cultivation, worth an estimated £300,000 was found at outbuildings at a property on Cleveley Bank Lane in September 2010.

Sean Livesey, 35, of Edmund Street , Preston was found guilty of the production of cannabis and acquitted on a charge of abstracting electricity after a three-day trial at Preston Crown Court.

His accomplice Colin McCarrol, 39, from Stockport had earlier pleaded guilty to both charges.

After the hearing, PC Dave Kerfoot from Garstang Police, said: “There was a notable increase in acquisitive crime in the Scorton area while this cannabis farm was in business, which drastically reduced once the operation was disrupted.

“In addition to this, the way that the electricity meter had been tampered with created a significant fire hazard to the building.

“Lancashire Constabulary remain committed to tackling crime and would like to thank the members of public that assisted with the investigation of this incident.”

Both men were given conditional bail and are due to be sentenced on September 1.

Anybody wishing to report suspicious activity in their area can contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 01995 607834.