A Llanfyllin man has been fined for growing cannabis in his home.

Ian Parkes, 38, pleaded guilty to producing eight plants of the controlled Class B drug when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 8.

The court heard that police officers with a search warrant for the address on November 29 last year found a set-up which included cannabis drying on a table and 98 grams drying from the ceiling.

Parkes told officers that he was growing the cannabis for personal use and had acknowledged that it was illegal.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, added that eight plants had already been harvested.

Robert Hanratty, defending, said Parkes had been “very polite and co-operated with the police” and described the eight-plant set-up as a “small operation” for his own use. He added that Parkes, who cares for his disabled father, had “plenty on his plate” at the time.

Magistrates fined Parkes, of Brook Street, £80 and ordered him to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £85 costs. The court also ordered the forfeit and destruction of the cannabis growing equipment.