A drug dealer, who built a cannabis farm after 'learning how to on Youtube ', has avoided jail.

David Warhurst, 63, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court today (October 26) after previously pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and producing cannabis.

Police raided Warhurst's home in Wareing Street, Tyldesley, on April 30 last year, prosecution barrister Neil Ronan told the court.

In one of the spare bedrooms, officers found seven cannabis plants growing, empty snap bags, phones, money boxes, weighing scales, and a safe containing £2,353.52. Downstairs, in the kitchen, police also found more snap bags containing cannabis.

According to Mr Ronan, the total value of the cannabis found in Warhurst's home was between £4,350 and £7,500.

Warhurst, now of Primrose Street, Tyldesley, was arrested and interviewed by police.

In his interview, Warhurst told police that the cannabis farm was his own and he had learnt how to construct it by watching YouTube videos.

Warhurst also claimed that the money in the safe was unrelated to selling drugs and had been withdrawn from his bank earlier that day.

Mr Ronan told the court that Warhurst has 10 convictions for 21 offences, with the most recent prior to this offence being in 1994.

Warhurst's defence barrister Sarah Griffin told the court that she did not wish to make any submissions.

Warhurst, who brought a suitcase to court with him, was sentenced to 46 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Wareing Street, where police raided the home of David Warhurst
Wareing Street, where police raided the home of David Warhurst

Honorary Recorder of Bolton Judge Martin Walsh said: "You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and I give you full credit.

"It is clear that you were involved in commercial supply of Class B drugs.

"The offence passes the custodial threshold by a significant degree.

"I am influenced by the fact you have been out of trouble for over 20 years and you pleaded guilty at the first opportunity."

Judge Walsh also issued Warhurst with a four month curfew between 7pm and 7am and ordered him to complete 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement.