Police donate cannabis lamps to Lincoln City Football Club

Lincolnshire Police have donated seized heat lamps, used formerly for cannabis farms, to Lincoln City Football Club.

Some three lamps have so far been given to the club to help with pitch maintenance after being confiscated by officers.

Lincoln City FC said the idea comes on the back of similar initiatives used by Notts County, Oldham and Rochdale with the lights to be mounted on special rigs at Sincil Bank Stadium.

The light from the lamps heat up the soil and replicate warmer conditions helping the grass to grow, improving and cultivating the turf around the goalmouths and other worn areas of the pitch.

A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We are incredibly pleased to be able to put these lamps to good use after they have been seized as part of criminal investigations.

“Once items like these are ordered to be destroyed by the courts there is a cost to the force to get rid of them so not only does it help financially but it puts them to good community use and hopefully helps Lincoln City FC.

“We have built up an excellent working relationship over a number of years with the club and we are pleased we can continue to work together and strengthen our already excellent working relationship.

“Hopefully it will assist them with the maintenance and upkeep of our local football ground. We hope in the future to be able to donate more lamps like these.”

Head Groundsman Phil Kime added: “Over a season the playing surface gets a lot of wear and tear, especially the South Park goalmouth which doesn’t get any sunlight for at least four months of the year so this would make a great difference to the pitch.

“We will be looking at constructing a mobile framework over the next few weeks to hang the lights from and then converting the power supply from the stadium generator to keep running costs to a minimum.

“Our thanks again go to Lincolnshire Police as without their support we would not have been able to bring this project to reality.”