Posted on 16th November 2016
PC Mark Atterbury
A man from Chaddesden has received a suspended jail sentence after a patrolling Safer Neighbourhood officer detected the smell of cannabis coming from his flat.
On Wednesday, January 20, PC Mark Atterbury from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team was on patrol in Roosevelt Avenue when he became aware of a strong smell of cannabis. His enquiries took him to the flat of Simon Nichols, (47 years) where 30 cannabis plants were found growing in the loft.
When an electrician was called to help police safely dismantle the grow it was found that an additional fuse box and transformers had been installed by Nichols to power the extra lighting.
On Friday, November 4, Simon Nichols of Roosevelt Avenue, Chaddesden, Derby, appeared at Derby Crown Court and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, for the offences of production of Class B drug, cannabis and abstracting electricity. He was also ordered to undertake a maximum of ten days of rehabilitation activity, ordered to pay £150 towards the cost of the prosecution and to pay a victim surcharge of £100.
PC Atterbury said: “Although it has taken some time to resolve the matter we are pleased with the sentence handed to Mr Nichols and hope that it serves as a deterrent to others.”
Group manager Bob Curry from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “On this occasion neighbouring residents have been extremely lucky that the unauthorised electrical wiring, used in abstracting electricity, did not lead to a serious fire which could have put lives at risk and had far reaching and devastating consequences.
“It is reassuring that in sentencing, the judge recognised this and imposed a sentence that may act as a deterrent and prevent others from such reckless actions in the future.”
Anyone with any information regarding this or similar issues should contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police. Alternatively, send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
The activities of the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team can be followed on Twitter @ChaddesdenSNT