TWO men found with cannabis with a street value totalling £5,900 at their homes have been handed suspended jail sentences.

Graham Taylor, 29, and Lee John Mcfarlane, 29, said it was cheaper to grow their own, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said cannabis with a street value of £3,600 was found at Taylor's home on Tune Street, Barnsley.

She said cannabis worth £2,300 was discovered at Mcfarlane's home at Warren Crescent, Worsbrough Common.

The discoveries by police were sparked after Mcfarlane was stopped for drink driving and having about £120 of cocaine on him.

Gerard Casey, representing both men, said Taylor had grown four plants for about six days.

He said Mcfarlane had increased the amount of cannabis he took to alleviate pain because of a problem with his hip.

Mr Casey added: "Mr Mcfarlane says it was cheaper to grow cannabis. It would have cost him £1,240 to buy the same amount on the street."

Taylor, who admitted cannabis production, was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. Mcfarlane, who admitted possession of cannabis, cocaine and drink driving, was given a 24-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Both men were ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80.