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Two in court as police raid finds cannabis grows following public concerns

Two men have appeared in court and hundreds of cannabis plants were seized after police teams responded to concerns raised by the public.

The Broxtowe neighbourhood policing team and Operation Reacher team worked together to execute a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at an address in Johnson Close in Watnall.

The raid was carried out after members of the public had shared their concerns with police via the independent charity Crimestoppers.

Officers found cannabis plants, as pictured, in multiple rooms and detained two suspects found inside the property. The electricity had been bypassed and was made safe.

The plants were discovered and dismantled on Thursday (10 February 2022).

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Two men, aged 44 and 61, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

They were remanded in custody and are next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 11 March 2022.

Another warrant was conducted at an address in Ireland Avenue in Beeston on Friday morning. A quantity of cannabis was recovered from the address and a man will be voluntarily interviewed in due course.

Inspector Mike Ebbins, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These were the fifth and sixth drugs warrants we have conducted in the Broxtowe area since we appealed to the public four weeks ago to tell us what was happening in their area.

“My teams were then able to review this information and take appropriate positive action to tackle those concerns, taking a large cannabis grow in Watnall out of circulation as a result.

“I hope this is showing 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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