Classic bike enthusiast's cannabis-growing operation busted

Offender's wife thought he was 'tinkering with Norton motorbike'

THE WIFE of a motorcycle enthusiast who thought her husband was spending his spare time rebuilding a classic motorbike in the family garage was shocked to find he was running a secret cannabis growing operation, a court has heard.

David Bearman, 38, Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, set up the operation at his home but was found out when a police drugs raid discovered the set-up behind a plasterboard partition in the garage.

Heating lamps, a sophisticated hydroponic system and several plants were found at the premises, along with a book about growing marijuana.

Appearing at Wisbech courthouse, Bearman admitted growing cannabs and possessing 21.6 grams of the drug.

"His wife had no idea what he was doing. She thought he was tinkering with his ancient Norton motorcycle," said Bearman's solicitor.

Bearman was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 costs.

The drugs and equipment will be destroyed.