This is the hilarious moment a news reporter is surprised live on air when a youth carrying a leafy plant sprints suspiciously through his shot… just as he is delivering a segment about a cannabis farm.
Yvette and Neil Hartley narrowly avoided prison despite cops finding a whopping 88 cannabis plants growing at their £500,000 thatched cottage, in rural Hoath, Kent.
Cameron Tucker was discussing the case live on KMTV, a local news channel, when he was interrupted by the appearance of a young man with a potted plant – who took off at a sprint as soon as he noticed the camera.
But Mr Tucker said rather than a suspicious character, the youth in question had simply been startled to see the camera and sprinted in embarrassment.
During the live feed, Mr Tucker said: ‘Well last August when it was found that Neil and Yvette Hartley had been growing about 90 cannabis plants.
‘Little did their neighbors know that in this quiet pretty little corner of the Kent countryside, the cottage just over my shoulder has been where they had been growing cannabis.’
While some believed that the footage involving the young man must have been staged, Mr Tucker insisted that the appearance of the plant holding youth was genuine.
Kent Police are aware of the hilarious footage but are not aware of any crimes being committed.
Charity worker Yvette and loss adjuster Neil admitted producing the Class B drug, but claimed it was for their own use.
Mrs Hartley first claimed their plant stash would be used to make cannabis oil to treat cancer.
Neil, 45, and Yvette, 48, both pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug, but a sympathetic judge spared the pair jail, at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday.
Recorder Jonathan Davies took pity on the couple, who ran a ‘well established cannabis factory’ as part of ‘a much larger operation’.
He said: ‘You risked their futures by your conduct because you must have known the consequences of what you were doing.
‘I am not sure if either of you has ever told the truth about this operation, which would have involved daily attention and was done for financial reasons.
‘I suspect the cannabis oil was just a smokescreen to cover up the nature of it.’
Each of the growers was given a 22-month jail sentence at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
The couple, who have since moved, were also told they had to remain at their home under a 12-week night-time curfew order.