A MAN who moved a large cannabis haul to protect his friend when police raided their home, was fined at Burnley Crown Court.

Eamon Wyer, 32, must pay a total of £225 or serve seven days in prison in default.

The defendant, of Oakfield Avenue, Huncoat, had earlier admitted possessing a small quantity of the drug and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Sentence had been deferred by Judge David Pirie about six months ago.

Sentencing the defendant, the judge said the large amount of cannabis had been nothing to do with him.

The offence was being concerned in the supply of drugs, although it was unusual to say the least.

He said Wyer had taken the cannabis out of the house and put it by a rubbish bin so that the police would not find it and his friend would be protected.

The judge said: "I deferred sentence and you have not been involved in drugs in any way, shape or form in the intervening period."

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