Cultivating a charity boost

Equipment used for cultivating cannabis is to be donated to a local charity which supports children with special needs.

The items – along with a horde of cannabis plants – were discovered by police as they carried out a search of a property in Mayfield last month. The illegal plants, more than 250 in number, were estimated to have a value of £77,400.

A total of 15 bags of soil, five bottles of plant food and fertiliser, one propagator and more than 150 plant pots were also seized and have since been donated to the Balerno-based Harmeny Education Trust.

Inspector Mike Bennett said: “The recovery of cannabis in Mayfield was immensely important as it prevented the drug being distributed within the local area.

“We can now further benefit our communities through the donation of the plant-growing materials. Rather than being used for the cultivation of cannabis, the soil, fertiliser and plant pots will help the children who attend Harmeny learn about horticulture and give them the opportunity to grow their own plants.

“Lothian and Borders Police will continue to gather intelligence against those involved in the drugs trade and if the opportunity arises to reinvest any assets associated with crime back into our communities, we will look to do so.”

Chief Executive at Harmeny Education Trust, Neil Squires, said: “Harmeny Education Trust Limited is very grateful for the donation of these items from Lothian and Borders Police, as we are currently in the process of developing an allotment in the grounds. The allotment will be fully integrated into the curriculum and children will greatly benefit from the learning gained.”