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Two men found guilty over Bradenham cannabis farm

PUBLISHED: 11:29 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:29 02 October 2015

More than 900 cannabis plants were seized by Norfolk police at Gibbett Site Pig Farm in Hale Road, Bradenham, near Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

More than 900 cannabis plants were seized by Norfolk police at Gibbett Site Pig Farm in Hale Road, Bradenham, near Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

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Two men have been found guilty of conspiring to produce cannabis at a drugs factory on a Norfolk farm.

A jury yesterday found Paul May, 38, of Hall Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, and Andrew Deakin, 53, of Clacton, Essex, guilty of three drug- related charges at Norwich Crown Court.

Police found more than 900

cannabis plants when officers raided Gibbett Site Pig Farm, at Bradenham, near Dereham, in November 2013.

The court previously heard the plants were found after an anonymous 999 call claimed someone had been shot on the farm.

The caller did not want to give details and terminated the call, prompting a firearms unit to be dispatched to the farm where no-one had been hurt but a “sophisticated” cannabis production factory was found.

The jury spent most of the morning deliberating, before returning a verdict at around 2pm.

May and Deakin were found guilty of conspiracy to produce a controlled Class B drug between January 1, 2012 and November 4, 2013 and conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.

May was also found guilty of possession, with intent to supply, while Deakin was found guilty of concealing criminal property.

A third defendant, Mark Jude, 48, of Shackles Farm, West Carr Road, Attleborough, was found not guilty to all three charges against him.

May and Deakin are due to be sentenced on October 30.

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