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Gran denies cultivating cannabis
Patricia Tabram
Mrs Tabram was remanded on unconditional bail
A grandmother has denied growing cannabis plants in her home.

Patricia Tabram, 66, is charged with the cultivation of cannabis, following a raid at her home in East Lea, Humshaugh, near Hexham on 16 September.

She appeared at Tyndale Magistrates Court in Hexham on Tuesday and elected to be tried before a crown court jury.

Magistrates heard police raided her home and recovered seven cannabis plants, cultivation equipment and 17g of the drug in her kitchen.

She was remanded on unconditional bail to reappear before the same court for a committal hearing on 17 January 2006.

Speaking ahead of her court appearance, Mrs Tabram said: "I am pleading not guilty because I want to be heard in the crown court.

"I have been in the magistrates' court several times before and you never get justice, so I am going to the crown court."

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