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A man set up a cannabis farm to save up for a PlayStation 4Reuters

A man who set up a cannabis farm worth £10,000 ($14,500) in his house claimed he did it to save up for a PlayStation 4.

Phillip Morris, 29, from Hanley, was arrested in November 2015 after neighbours complained to police about the smell of cannabis coming from the property, the Stoke Sentinel reported.

Morris, who is thought to suffer from mental health problems, said he had been growing the plants – which were estimated by police to have an estimated street value of £10,800 if sold by the gram – for around three months.

But Morris said he was intending to smoke the majority of what he produced, aiming to sell a small amount of cannabis to friends and use the proceeds to buy a PlayStation 4.

North Staffordshire magistrates' court reportedly heard that the defendant had converted a bedroom in the house into a 'cannabis growing room', complete with UV lights and fans.

He pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, and was handed a 26-week suspended sentence and ordered to attend drug rehabilitation for 12 months.