Cannabis growing on farm near Nailsea

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By Carol_Deacon | Saturday, February 16, 2013, 13:10

Police have found a large cannabis factory on a rural farm a few miles from Backwell.

A police community support officer who was carrying out house to house enquiries in Redhill are uncovered the massive cannabis factory on Wednesday.

PCSO Yvette Mayo who covers the Congresbury and Wrington beats smelt what she thought was cannabis coming from the outbuildings of a large farm in the area.  

A full search of the buildings uncovered 800 plants ranging from seedlings to mature 6ft tall plants.

Neighbourhood beat manager PC Dave Hughes said: "The plants seized were worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.  

"People shouldn't be misled that cannabis factories are a harmless money maker - they mean large profit for the serious criminals behind them."

The owners of the farm are helping police with enquiries and two further people connected with the address are being sought.

Anyone with information about potential cannabis factories in their area, or people they suspect of being involved in cannabis cultivation, should contact the police non-emergency number 101.  

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The following are some of the tell-tale signs of properties being used for growing cannabis.

They include:

  • Windows permanently covered from the inside;
  • Visits to the premises at unusual times of the day or night;
  • People visiting just to 'maintain' the house;
  • Daily or weekly calls at the house by people who stay for a short time;
  • Black bin bags or laundry bags being taken away;
  • Compost bags or gardening equipment left outside, usually at the rear of the premises;
  • Vents protruding through the roof or a rear window; and
  • Strange, pungent smells from the premises Unusual noises from equipment such as cooling fans.

Police want people never approach a house they are concerned could be a cannabis factory but to contact them.

Six weeks ago cannabis plants with a street value of £600,000 has been seized by police during a house raid in Burnham-on-Sea. 

Officers discovered more than 600 plants when they searched the property yesterday, along with a sophisticated hydroponics set-up used to grow them.

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