Man admits using former Northampton care home to grow £13,000 worth of cannabis

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A 62-year-old man has admitted growing more than £13,000 worth of cannabis in a former care home in Northampton.

Philip Keet appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he admitted producing cannabis in a former care home in Ardington Road, Northampton.

Keet, whose late wife was the owner of the care home, also admitted allowing the Class B drug to be produced in the premises.

The court heard that undercover police officers watched Keet go into the former care home on June 25, 2013.

Katya Saudek, prosecuting, said Keet was seen to come out of the premises with two packages and then drive off.

Officers then went into the Ardington House building and they found there were a number of the 17 rooms in the building being used to cultivate cannabis.

Ms Saudek said that a “sophisticated growing system” was being used with hydroponic lights.

Officers found cannabis plants in various stages of growth that had an estimated total value of £42,000.

The court heard that Keet admitted using only one room of the home to grow cannabis, in which a total of 1.37kg of drugs were found with an estimated street value of £13,716.

Keet’s basis of plea was that he only grew cannabis in one room of the home but allowed others people to cultivate drugs in different areas of the building.

Catherine Howell, mitigating, said he was “deeply ashamed” of his actions and had gone through a hard time after his wife’s death.

She said: “This is a man who will not trouble the court again.”

Judge Lynn Tayton sentenced Keet, of Ashburnham Road, Abington, Northampton, to a 12-month community order and he must complete 180 hours unpaid work.