Wallasey cannabis farm closed down

A cannabis farm was recovered in Wallasey on Wednesday 20 July, following a report that a group of males were banging on the door of the property.

At around 7.55pm on Monday 18 July, it was reported that the males wearing balaclavas were banging on the front and rear doors of the house on Poulton Road.

It was reported that they returned later and removed the smart doorbell from the property.

Officers attended and discovered around 95 cannabis plants growing in four rooms of the property, and growing equipment.

The electricity meter had been abstracted without authority. Scottish Power has attended and made the electrics safe.

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

Community Policing Inspector for Wirral, Alan McKeon, said, “Cannabis farms in neighbourhoods such as this pose a real risk to nearby residents who not only have to put up with the anti-social behaviour associated with this criminality, but also the risk of a fire being ignited from illegally extracting electricity. This shows the occupant has a total disregard of the safety of residents living close by.

“It also highlights the importance that we find cannabis farms as quickly as possible. Nobody wants to live close to a potential death-traps such as this, and it is often thanks to people living in the areas affected who tell us about their suspicions, and the proactivity of our officers, that we are able to take action.

“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.”

A video in which Matt Brown, head of the Merseyside Police 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.

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