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Silloth teen given suspended jail term for cannabis supply crime

A TEENAGER has been given a suspended prison sentence for a cannabis supply crime.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how police went to Silloth on October 18, 2017, amid reports of youths taking drugs at a car park. Six young people were found, including Reece Edmondson.

Text messages exchanged between 19-year-old Edmondson and another teenager revealed involvement in the supply of cannabis during a six-week period in September and October that year. Edmondson, of Central Terrace, Silloth, admitted being concerned in supplying cannabis, and was sentenced today (MON).

Clare Thomas gave mitigation for the teen, who was performing “very well” both with full-time work and an apprenticeship. “He is thoroughly terrified,” said Miss Thomas of his court appearance. “The enormity of what he has done has only recently begun to hit him.”

A 12-month custodial sentence was suspended for two years. Edmondson must also complete a rehabilitation activity requirement, and a six-month night-time curfew.

“Cannabis supply, despite what lots of people say, is dangerous,” Judge Peter Davies told him, “because you don’t know who you are supplying to.

“You might be exploiting people who may suffer from mental health problems, which cannabis makes worse – so you are harming other people by trading in his stuff.”

The judge added: “Leave cannabis alone because that’s what got you here.”

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