A green-fingered community group in South Tyneside is reaping the rewards of a drugs crime crackdown.
Holder House Garden Project, an allotment scheme set up to bolster the skills and confidence of adults with learning and physical disabilities, will be growing stronger than ever after being presented with healthy haul of goods seized in two cannabis raids this week.
Project members at the site in Whiteleas, South Shields, can’t wait to put ill-gotten gains to good use after taking delivery of the generous police donation.
Cops swooped on two cannabis farms in Chichester Road and Canterbury Street in South Shields in the space of three days - but were eager for the tools of crime they uncovered to be put to better use.
A van-load of compost, fertiliser, plant pots and even a water pump were handed over to group members at South Shields Police Station yesterday.
Sergeant David Stobbs said: “This is the kind of equipment that could end up being dumped in a skip and then it would go to waste.
“We spoke to the council about good community groups who would benefit from some of the items.
“We have compost, fertiliser, pots and general gardening equipment.
“We’re pleased the Holder House Community Garden Project will now be able to use the equipment in their allotments and continue to engage with vulnerable people in our community
Chris Convery, project manager of the allotment site, based in Whiteleas, South Shields, is delighted that Holder House will benefit from the rich array of equipment
He said: “It’s great that even though offences have been committed, it can be turned around to help a good cause.
“We are delighted that we have benefited from this donation. The fertiliser alone will be enough to last us for a year.