A Lochore man was caught growing cannabis in his home after the police received a tip-off about his activities.

James Purdie, 42, of Lochleven Road, was put on a structured deferred sentence when he appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, having admitted that on January 15 last year at his home he was producing a controlled drug, cannabis.

He also admitted being in possession diamorphine and cannabis.

Depute fiscal Amy Robertson said police acting on information sought and executed a search warrant at Purdie’s home. They found 16 cannabis plants in a bedroom, as well as fans, lighting units and timing equipment. Officers also found £1055 in cash under a mattress.

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said the cultivation was for his client’s personal use.

Sheriff Garry Sutherland imposed a structured deferred sentence lasting three months saying: “It’s not a soft option.”

He also ordered forfeiture of drug growing equipment and the cash.