Mum grasses up South Shields son to cops after he grew cannabis farm in family home


A songwriter son who set up a DIY drug farm in his bedroom was caught out by police – after being forced to face the music by his own mum.

Spencer Briance had set up a cannabis farm at his home in Frenchmans Way, South Shields after carrying out research on the internet before buying equipment online.

He feels stupid for embarking on this.

Kate Lewis, defending

But when his mother found the 12 plants inside a black tent in her house she called in the cops.

The 21-year-old admitted production of a Class B drug when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Magistrates were told Briance, of Frenchmans Way, South Shields, felt ‘very stupid’ for embarking on the operation.

Briance, who is a singer and songwriter with a masters degree in music, was hit with a 12-month community order and must carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said; “At 1am on October 3, Spencer’s mum attended the address, which she owns and allows her son to reside in alone.

“She found the cannabis farm and as a result the police were called.

“Police attended and found the farm set up in a black tent in a bedroom.

“There were 12 medium-sized plants supported in a box metal frame by ropes, with two lamps.

“The defendant was arrested and during interview admitted setting up the cannabis farm for his own personal use.

“He said he discovered how to set up the farm on the internet and bought the equipment from Amazon.

“He knew it was illegal to do so.”

Kate Lewis, defending, said: “He has entered an immediate guilty plea.

“The house is owned by his mum. She reported the matter to police after discovering the farm in the house.

“It was for his own personal use and he feels stupid for embarking on this.

“He is an intelligent young man, who went to college and got a masters degree in music. He is a singer and songwriter who plays piano and the guitar.

Gareth Cracknell, chairman of the magistrates, said; “I’ve got to ask, why did you do this?

“If you keep this up, this will lead to a stay in one of Her Majesty’s Travelodge’s, most likely in Durham.

“We don’t want to see you here again.”

Briance was also ordered to pay a criminal courts charge of £180, prosecution costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.