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YouTube man fined over cannabis

Burfield was described as "foolish" by the police

A Somerset man has been fined 200 after posting a video on the YouTube website of cannabis he was growing.

Police in Bridgwater who were tipped off about the video said they were "amazed" that 25-year-old Shane Burfield had used his name on the site.

Officers went to Burfield's home and found a large cannabis plant and equipment used to grow the drug.

Pc Adrian Peck said the cannabis produced by the plant could have had a street value of up to 500.

"The cultivation of cannabis is illegal," he said.

"If you break the law and are foolish enough to then advertise your criminal activities on the internet, it makes it very easy for the police to catch you."

Sedgemoor magistrates also ordered Burfield to pay 75 in costs.

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