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Employees at an anti-drugs charity tipped off police after becoming increasingly suspicious that a cannabis farm had been set up next door.

A Way Out in Stockton-on-Tees raised the alarm after staff noticed a smell of cannabis coming from the neighbouring loft in the apparently empty property next door. Workers felt giggly, although The Northern Echo failed to report if they had any attacks of the munchies. And it wasn't just the staff that got high: electricity bills rocketed.

A police raid on the property discovered specially heated and ventilated rooms full of cannabis plants in varying stages of maturity - from seedlings to fully grown and harvested four-foot-tall plants.

Jessie Jacobs, who founded the charity, said: "We thought it was going to be a dentist's surgery."

With the new year well and truly toasted, and the opportunity to pose for the annual charity nude calendar over for a year, Ian Powell from Chard in Somerset has found another way to bare all in the name of good causes.

He told the This is the West Country website that he will be doing the full monty as he cleans houses in his area. "It was one of those things you agree to do in the pub and I've kind of got to stick to it now," he said. Powell hopes to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation.

The hostels of St Mungo's, a homelessness charity in London, could soon be full of residents smelling like one-time Love Island contestant and model Calum Best.

The Digital Spy website reported that the charity has been flooded with donations of Best's aftershave from people who received the scent as an unwanted Christmas present, after it asked for donations of cologne and other toiletries for its residents. It remains to be seen if the residents are any more keen on the aftershave than those who were so eager to get rid of it.


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