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Cops called after grey-haired old clockmaker shoots burglar find, er, a massive cannabis farm

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Malcolm-WhitePOLICE who went to investigate an elderly man who allegedly shot at burglars breaking into his farmhouse home discovered a huge cannabis growing operation.

Semi-retired clockmaker Malcolm White was being held on suspicion of attempted murder following the alleged raid on his country home.

But forensics officers called to the scene quickly discovered a large-scale marijuana farm.

White, in his 60s was described by locals as a 'thoroughly decent hard working man and a pleasure to know', allegedly confronted two men who smashed a window at his £400K home in Whitbourne, Herefordshire, UK, shooting one of them in the leg.

The keen shooter, shares the house with  Josie Merrick, a 57-year-old nursery nurse.

Officers believe White's part-time profession renovating valuable old clocks may have made him a target.

The cannabis farm came as a surprise to police and locals.

Detective Superintendent Ivan Powell, of Hereford CID, said: “I can confirm that as a result of this discovery at the property earlier today the man in his 60s who was arrested last night on suspicion of attempted murder has also now been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of controlled drugs.

“In addition a woman in her late 50s is also now in police custody on suspicion of cultivation of controlled drugs as part of our investigation.”

The gunshot victim, in his 20s, was receiving treatment at the Royal Worcestershire Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Mr White is a member of a local shooting team.

One member, who did not wish to be named, said: “Malcolm, like all of us, believes that an Englishman’s home is his castle. He would think nothing of defending all that he has worked for from people who came to burgle him.

“He is a thoroughly decent, hard-working man and a pleasure to know.”

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