A MAN called cops to his own home despite having cannabis plants growing within a bedroom.

John Barton called police to his Lennoxtown property following concerns for his health on March 25, 2021.

Officers attended to carry out a welfare check and were permitted entry. When entering the bedroom to help Barton, they spotted seven cannabis plants and three heat lamps.

Three of the plants were well developed and four were in the early stage of growth. Samples of the plants were sent to be tested and returned positive results for cannabis.

The 51-year-old appeared in court for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to producing the controlled drug.

His lawyer said: “The police wouldn’t have been there if he hadn’t contacted them about concerns for his own health.

“The social work report shows the difficulties and problems. The cannabis is for personal use.

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"If he obtains his liberation, he will undertake a structured deferred sentence or a restriction of liberty order and would be happy to accept that.”

Sheriff Jonathan Guy said: “Rather unusually I have decided to impose a financial penalty due to the difficulties and the reason why you were acting this way.”

Barton was fined £190.