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Publication date:- 2017-02-12

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Man arrested after the discovery of a cannabis farm in St Helens

AT around 2.30pm, on Thursday, 7 December 2017, Merseyside Police Officers conducting enquiries within the Alfred Street area identified a cannabis farm, that had around 40 plants, with a potential annual yield of ₤160,000 discovered. Following the discovery, Utility services had to attend to make the property safe. A 40 year old man from St Helens was also arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

Sergeant Gary Sorrell from the specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team said:- "It is good that we have dismantled a cannabis farm with all the associated risks that it brings. Cultivating cannabis, overloading the electricity sockets in the process and mixing with water is dangerous and can cause a fire. We are liaising with St Helens Council in this matter to secure the house. If you live close to one of these farms, you are potentially in danger from the fires that they can cause, so report any of the signs and help us remove any such hazards from your street. Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities and we know that criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime, bringing fear and harm to those around them. We would ask that if you believe someone is using a property as a cannabis farm, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up."

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:-

Strange smells and sounds.

Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times.

Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertilizer, fans and industrial lighting.

Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed.

Heat from an adjoining property.

Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather.

Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more sinister.

Anyone with any information can call Police on:- 101 quoting reference:- '0517314712,' or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. Information can also be provided online

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