Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Jail sentence warning for cannabis man

16:00 11 April 2013

A Banwell man could face a spell in custody after growing cannabis at a shed in Weston.

A Banwell man could face a spell in custody after growing cannabis at a shed in Weston.


A BANWELL man is facing a prison sentence after he was found growing cannabis.

Carl Newberry, aged 36, of Summer Lane, appeared before North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to producing 880g of cannabis.

Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, told the court: “Officers were informed of a strong smell coming from the garden of a house in Weston.

“They found the shed locked but were informed by a female that the shed was used by the defendant.”

Mr Blackmore added that the defendant was then arrested and a search of the shed was carried out, in which officers found 22 cannabis plants – with an estimated street value of more than £5,500.

The court heard how the shed had been kitted out with suspended lighting, fans, timer switches and a ventilation system.

Chairman of the bench, Walter Lewis, told Mr Newberry due to the amount of plants involved and the likely street value he could face a prison sentence of 12 months or more.

He added that the court did not have enough power to deal with the offence and Newberry’s case was committed to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on April 30.

Other News Stories

Alex Lipinski

A RISING Weston music star releases his latest single today (Friday) – a track accompanied by an eye-catching video featuring a former Premier League football manager.

Read more
Gale force winds are forecast for the festive week ahead.

IT IS due to be a blustery weekend in Weston-super-Mare, with a yellow weather warning in place for wind.

Read more
60 minutes ago
Thumbs up on white background

A WESTON-SUPER-MARE care home for people with autism has been praised by an industry watchdog.

Read more
The peace poster competition at Priory Community School.

WORLE Lions Club gave students the chance to use their artistic flair at its peace poster competition.

Read more
Young hedgehog Twitch is being cared for Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

THE number of hedgehogs across the country is falling – but one Somerset animal charity has taken in almost 200 of the tiny creatures in just two months.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare's John Bailey received the cheque from Ian, Terry and Derek Porter.

WESTON Hospicecare has said it is ‘delighted’ after receiving a donation of more than £2,000.

Read more
Charley Cullinane and owner Lisa Smith (centre) with Daphne the dog and staff members Jess McLeod, Natalie Groves, Megan Threader and Daniells Voyce.

A NORTH Somerset dog groomer has said she is ‘ecstatic’ after winning the top prize at a national grooming competition.

Read more
Flood signs near Churchill cross.

FLOODING could occur during high tide this evening (Friday), the Environment Agency has warned.

Read more

A CHARITY is asking Weston-super-Mare people to send personal messages of ‘hope and comfort’ to victims of human rights abuse across the globe this Christmas.

Read more
Rob Hicks, centre manager at The Hive, with Janice Saunders and Paul Kelson of Echo Engage in front of the business development centre (Picture: Neil Phillips Photography).

TWO businesses in Weston-super-Mare have expanded and moved into bigger offices within a year of opening.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Search for a job in Weston

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications