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Poppies could cost GP five years' jail

Dr Clive Gillis faces up to five years in an Italian jail after he was arrested on suspicion of cultivating opium poppies at his future retirement home.

Dr Gillis, a GP in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, returned to the UK last week after spending four days sharing a cell and toothbrush with five other men.

He denied the charges but added he 'would not mind doing a bit of porridge' if it meant he could still retire to the house in Umbria.

Dr Gillis told Pulse he found the poppies while clearing overgrown land. He said he was planning to destroy them and believes vindictive neighbours told the police. 'We knew they were poppies, but we didn't know they were opium poppies.'

I know now ­ I have been prison,' he said.

Dr Gillis' trial could be as long as 18 months away.

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