Search

Rush Green man jailed for eight months after cannabis farm found in council home

11:44 26 June 2014

Roy Byrne was also found to have caused around £9,000 worth of damage to his council home (Picture: PA/Gareth Fuller)

Roy Byrne was also found to have caused around £9,000 worth of damage to his council home (Picture: PA/Gareth Fuller)

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A council tenant has been jailed for eight months after a cannabis farm was discovered in his home.

Roy Byrne, of Meadow Road, may now lose his local authority-owned home, where more than 50 plants were found by council officers and the police following a tip-off.

The 52-year-old had pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug, as well as to stealing electricity and damaging property.

Havering Council said the extra energy may have been used to help power the 12 hours of artificial light a day used to grow the plants.

The defendant was found to have caused around £9,000 worth of damage to his council home.

Cllr Damian White, deputy leader of Havering Council and cabinet member for housing, said: “We will not tolerate our properties being used for criminal activity.

“Not only has this criminal been sent to prison, he may also lose his home which the Council would then re-let to someone who really deserves it.”

When officials searched Byrne’s home in Rush Green they found 30 plants and equipment in his bedroom as well as a fully functioning farm in his garden.

A warrant was issued after the council received an anonymous letter of complaint which raised concerns about the possibility of drugs being grown at the property.

Byrne was sentenced on Monday June 16 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The news of his conviction comes as Crimestoppers launched a fresh round of action to encourage members of the public to report cannabis cultivation in their area.

Charity workers and police officers took to streets across the capital today to hand out “scratch and sniff” cards aimed at educating people about the signs the drug is being grown.

Latest News Stories

11:22
Cowper Road was swarming with armed police. Picture: Google Maps

Five youths have been arrested after a minicab driver was threatened with a gun in broad daylight.

(L to R) Chloe Hardy, Katie Greenoff and Lainey Ham (all aged 13) make the draw for the Easter Egg Raffle at Sanders School in Hornchurch. The raffle has been organised by Katie to raise awareness and funds for the charity HHUGS-UK. Her younger brother has been diagnosed with HH, a rare benign brain tumour.

A young girl has been very busy over the past few weeks raising awareness and funds for charity which is very close to her heart after her five-year-old brother was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour.

12:43
Allie Marchington with her children Nick, 17, and Becky, 15

The hundreds of families who have seen their children blossom at First Step have all experienced different highs and lows over the years.

15:29
Scargill pupils

Youngsters are celebrating their first brush with success after being given a prestigious Arts Council award.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Funky adidias iPhone cases up for grabs!

We’ve teamed up with adidas Originals to give away four iPhone 5/5s cases.

A Sun-Maid goodie bag could be coming your way.

Easter is a time for reflection, thanks and celebration, and what better way could there be to spend the holiday than treating yourself to good company and great food?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder