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A Met Police officer who grew cannabis in his loft walked free from court today after receiving a suspended prison sentence.

Pc David Price’s distinguished career lies in tatters as he faces dismissal from the Metropolitan Police following his conviction.

Price, 29, was on the verge of promotion having passed his exams to become a sergeant when he was arrested.

He was captured on undercover video footage hanging cannabis plants out to dry at a property in Keynshan, Somerset.

When police raided the house in Charlton Road last August they found equipment capable of producing 18 cannabis plants.

Other video clips show the father of four openly talking about marijuana while his children can be heard in the background.

Bristol Crown Court heard that three other people involved in the operation gave the footage of Price with the drugs to the Daily Mirror newspaper.

They would have been paid £1,000 if the story was published, the court was told.

At an earlier hearing Price – who at the time of his arrest was helping tackle last summer’s London’s riots – pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

His former partner, Emily Bayliss, 27, admitted being concerned in the production of the Class B drug.

Price was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £1,500 prosecution costs by Judge Carol Hagen.

Bayliss received a 12-month community order with supervision and a requirement to do 10 days of employment, training or education.

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