Large cannabis farm in Birkenhead closed down

Three men were arrested yesterday, Thursday 17 November, after a cannabis farm was found in a warehouse in Birkenhead.

At around 9.25am, officers attended a property on Lorn Street and discovered more than 2,500 cannabis plants in various stages of growth in 12 rooms and three drying rooms, along with growing equipment.

Three men aged 33, 43 and 40 years, all of no fixed address, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. The suspects are still in police custody.

Scottish Power attended and made the electrics safe.

The premises was made safe by the Merseyside Police Cannabis Dismantling Team and enquiries are ongoing.

Sgt Kevin O’Rourke from CID said, “This was a significant hoard of cannabis in various stages of growth seized by our officers which will make neighbouring properties and the local community a safer place to live.

“The dangers posed by cannabis farms and extracting electricity illegally in this manner poses a serious dangerous risk of fire and flooding to residents living nearby, especially when criminals tinker with the wiring and overload plugs.

“If you spot any signs that cannabis is being grown near where you live and work please let us know so that we can continue to take action. Any information helps residents and the work we do, so make us aware and we will investigate.”

Matt Brown, head of the Cannabis Dismantling Team explains how you can spot signs of cannabis being grown near where you live

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

  • Strange smells and sounds
  • Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
  • Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
  • Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
  • Heat from an adjoining property
  • Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather

Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious.

Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

Images: Merseyside Police

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