Wednesday 21 February 2024
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Nottingham

Danger to Nottingham homeowners after electricity bypassed to grow 150 cannabis plants

Criminals bypassed the electricity supply at a Nottinghamshire property in order to hot house more than 150 cannabis plants – putting local lives and homes in danger from a fire.

Police working on a tip off from members of the public about a house being used for growing drugs, yesterday raided a property in Myrtle Avenue, Forest Fields in the early hours of the morning.

No one was in the house but officers found the numerous plants, which were clearly being grown by dealers to be used in the drugs supply chain.

They also found the electricity had been bypassed in order to have lights on the plants 24/7 to enable them to grow.

Officers have said this activity could have set neighbouring homes alight.

Sergeant Mark Westlake, from Nottinghamshire Police’s city central Operation Reacher team, said: “A significant amount of cannabis was found and recovered and is now out of circulation, which is a positive result for the team and for the wider community.

“We also discovered that the electricity to the property had been bypassed in order to facilitate growing the plants. This is extremely dangerous and creates a significant fire hazard, and so it is fortunate we were able to intercept this when we did and, alongside the energy company, make it safe.

“The warrant this morning is a great example of how my team will act swiftly and firmly on information coming directly from the community. Our proactive approach means officers are dedicated to targeting issues that the community have told us are important to them, and we would encourage people to continue to speak to us and share any concerns they might have.”

Officers are continuing their investigations into who is responsible for the criminal activity.

Engineers from an energy supply company have been working to make the property safe.