Disabled man’s electricity bill rocketed after carer ‘built cannabis farm in his basement’


A carer has been sacked after allegedly building a cannabis farm worth £20,000 in the basement of a disabled man’s home.

David Huyton, 30, had noticed noises and a funny smell in his house, but his condition, which limits his movements, meant he was unable to investigate what was happening. But when his bills suddenly started to sky rocket he began to get suspicious that something was going on.

David Huyton’s carer is accused of building a cannabis farm under his home. Pictured is the hatch which gave access to the basement (Picture: Mirrorpix) He then discovered a bag of cannabis worth thousands of pounds dumped behind his sofa, but didn’t go to the police as he was too scared.

The truth only came to light when he called British Gas to find out what could be done about the rising costs and Mr Huyton finally explained what he had found. He said: ‘I called British Gas as they had put my account on hold because my bill had run up so high. I just couldn’t understand what the reason would be

‘I felt so upset and so it all came out and I told them everything.’ British Gas realised something was wrong and informed police in November, who discovered the elaborately built farm under his Birmingham home. Mr Huyton told the Daily Mirror:

‘I couldn’t believe it when I was told my home was being used for a pot farm. I was stunned. Police removed 13 cannabis plants from the farm (Picture: Mirrorpix) The elaborate set up had been constructed in the basement of Mr Huyton’s home (Picture: Mirrorpix) ‘I knew something odd was going on but I never pictured this.’ It took police a month to remove the paraphernalia.

The carer, who is now under investigation, was employed by a private care agency to help Mr Huyton with his everyday needs, but has now been fired. A spokesman for West Midlands police said: ‘A total of 13 plants were recovered and a 43-year-old man was voluntarily interviewed.

‘Enquiries are ongoing.’



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