AROUND £18,000 worth of cannabis was found at a grandmother-of-10’s house.

Police raided Victoria Kelly’s house in School Street, Stacksteads, in September 2017.

Burnley Crown Court heard officers found the remains of a cannabis farm, including lighting equipment and transformers.

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said the plants had been harvested, bar two plants, and 1,455 grams of cannabis was found.

The court heard Kelly’s former partner used her house to grow the class B drug.

Mr Parker said: “A police expert valued the cannabis, if sold as an ounce, at £10,000.

“However if it was broken down it would be worth nearer £18,000.

“She accepts she was involved in the gardening of it.”

During her police interview Mr Parker said she denied intent to supply the cannabis.

However at an earlier hearing at Burnley Crown Court, Kelly, 47, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

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The court heard police officers also found £2,430 under Kelly’s mattress.

Kelly Cyples, defending, said the defendant had little awareness of the scale of the operation.

She said: “She was involved through naivety and exploitation of a person at the time.

“She’s 47 and has never had a blemish on her record until now.

“She works part time and has 10 grandchildren.”

Kelly, of School Street, Stacksteads, had pleaded guilty to producing and possession of cannabis and was given a 12-month community order.

She was also ordered to complete 150 hours' unpaid work.

Judge Andrew Woolman said: “I accept it was your former partner who was doing it, he was using your property to do it. It was your job to keep it there.

“You knew what you were doing.

“You have problems, you are a lonely and isolated individual.

“The cannabis farm was not being used because the crop had been harvested.

“The 1,455 grams was valued between £10,000 and £18,000.”