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Cannabis lamps help Warwickshire County Cricket Club's pitch

Heat lamps
Image caption Lamps of this type are used to promote the growth of cannabis plants.

Heat lamps confiscated by police in raids on cannabis farms will be used to help the grass on the pitch grow at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

West Midlands Police gave the lamps free of charge to the club to use at their ground in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The grow lights will be used to heat up the soil and replicate warmer conditions.

Warwickshire's ground is a venue for international matches, as well as county cricket.

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Image caption The lamps will be used to help keep Edgbaston's wicket in prime condition

Charlie Dagnall, a Test Match Special commentator and former Warwickshire bowler, said he backed the idea.

"If this is like sticking a greenhouse over the pitch and makes it more lively it can only be a good thing," he said.

Notts County FC already use similar equipment seized by police as lighting rigs on their Meadow Lane pitch.

Confiscated heat lamps and power units are also used to warm wildlife at a rescue centre near Camberley owned by the Queen guitarist Brian May.

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