Lincoln City using cannabis lamps
Lincoln City are to become the latest football club to keep their playing surface in trim using heat lamps seized from cannabis growers.
Lincolnshire Police have given three confiscated lamps to the Conference club, which hopes to emulate the success of similar initiatives at Notts County and Rochdale.
Capable of heating soil to replicate warmer weather conditions, the lamps will be mounted on a mobile framework at Lincoln's Sincil Bank ground.
Head groundsman Phil Kime said: "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.
"Our thanks go to Lincolnshire Police, as without their support we would not have been able to bring this project to reality."
A police spokeswoman 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.
"We hope in the future to be able to donate more lamps."