Ex-EastEnders star Jody Latham spared jail for cannabis production

Jody Latham
Image caption Latham was warned he would be jailed if he offended again

Former Shameless and EastEnders actor Jody Latham, who admitted producing cannabis, has been spared jail.

At an earlier Burnley Crown Court hearing, Latham, 29, admitted growing 24 plants with a street value of about £9,000 at an address in Lancashire.

He said he had grown the plants because of concerns about buying from dealers, which Judge Beverley Lunt said could be rectified by not smoking cannabis.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Latham had grown the plants at a former girlfriend's house in Stacksteads, near Bacup, behind the partitioned wall of a garage.

He had denied cultivating them but changed his plea to guilty before a trial could begin.

He wept as Judge Lent handed down sentence, which she said she hoped would "deter you from offending and make you give up this drug".

She added that if he committed another offence, he would be jailed.

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