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Cannabis factory raided in Nottinghamshire town

A cannabis farm has been discovered by police.

The illegal drug factory was raided by the Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team on Wednesday morning (12 October).

Officers also found dangerously by-passed electrics at the mid-terraced house in Smith Street, Newark.

The raid was carried out after members of the public had shared concerns with police.

Officers forced entry and found 115 plants across three upstairs bedrooms. Each plant found was worth an estimated £1,000, giving the haul a street value of £115,000.

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A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and abstracting electricity. He has since been released under investigation.

After officers discovered the plants, the cannabis dismantling team were called in to take down the set up and destroy the plants.

PC Richard Hodgman, of the Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team, said: “I hope this successful warrant shows the public that we are listening to what they are telling us and treating these reports seriously.

“It’s great that the community is coming forward to help us tackle issues, in addition to our proactive work to combat crime, and we will continue to treat the information we receive in the strictest confidence.

“The production and distribution of drugs have a negative impact on communities and can often be linked to other serious offences. In addition to this, the electricity had been bypassed at the property we went to which is very dangerous.

“We remain as committed as ever to taking illegal drugs off our streets, and my message to anyone involved in drug dealing is very clear: we’re watching you and it could be you next.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in their area is urged to please have the confidence to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Young people can also pass on information about crime completely anonymously, using a secure online form, through the youth service Fearless – which is a part of Crimestoppers.

The Fearless website offers young people non-judgemental advice so they can make informed decisions about reporting crime. The service also engages with and educates young people about the consequences of their choices around crime.

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