The significant harm, risk and violence linked to illegal cannabis production has again been demonstrated as officers investigate a grow inside a house.
Police were called by a member of the public who heard banging and shouting coming from a two-storey terraced property in Burford Road, Forest Fields, just after 5am today (Saturday 21 August 2021).
When officers arrived they found evidence of a substantial cannabis grow which had been stolen.
Weapons were also found, suggesting there may have been a fight, and a window had been completely smashed.
Searches were quickly carried out and no-one was found in the house.
Nottinghamshire Police’s drone was deployed, using its thermal imaging camera, to search neighbouring gardens for anyone who may have been injured but no-one was found.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances and trace those responsible for the attack as well as anyone who may have been hurt.
It’s currently being treated as a targeted incident.
Detective Sergeant Louise Bradford, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry into this incident and working hard to build a clearer picture of what happened.
“Our search activity is ongoing and we are urging anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have recorded CCTV, dash-cam or mobile footage of the incident to please get in touch with us.
“It’s unclear if anyone was injured but if they were during this incident we’d urge them to please call us.”
She added: “As this incident clearly shows, illegal cannabis production is far from being harmless. The reality is it brings immense harm and misery to our local communities.
“It is a serious offence that is often linked to organised criminality and a range of serious offences – from significant incidents of violence to people trafficking.
“Vulnerable children and adults are often exploited by organised crime groups to stay at properties and maintain plants in exchange for cash or drugs which makes them more dependent on these criminals.
“Unsuspecting neighbouring families are also often put at risk by cannabis farms which can be targeted in violent home invasions by rival groups as they try to steal the crop and cannabis grows can also often escalate to wider crime such as potential modern slavery and county lines.
“Not only is cannabis growing illegal but it can also be extremely dangerous due to the fire risk, especially if people are living in adjoining properties. They can also be put at risk of house fires by incredibly dangerous electrical wiring and bypassing that we very often see with these types of grows.
“Landlords can also be unsuspecting victims when their properties are rented out by organised criminals who then knock down walls or cause significant damage to properties to make space for their growing operation.
“All of this risk to communities is being created by crime bosses who don’t care one jot about the dangers or misery they are creating in our communities. All they care about is lining their own pockets.
“Anyone living near an operation like this should be quite rightly worried about the risks they pose but I would like to reassure them that Nottinghamshire Police is committed to keeping them safe.
“We take the production and supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously as it blights our communities and ruins lives. Every cannabis grow we find and dismantle helps to prevent criminals profiting from their illegal activity and keeping drugs off our streets.
“We will always act on intelligence about cannabis grows and we will continue to relentlessly pursue those who are behind the cultivation, possession or supply of cannabis and other drugs.
“If anyone has any suspicions about this type of criminal activity, I would urge them to let us know as soon as possible so we can act to keep their neighbourhoods safe.”
Anyone who witnessed the Burford Road incident or has any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 136 of 21 August 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.