523 Cannabis Plants Seized in Loftus

Last week on Monday 5th November, a Guisborough Neighbourhood Officer discovered a large cannabis farm after receiving intelligence from a member of the public.

The farm was discovered on West Road in Loftus and over 500 plants were inside the building which are believed to have a street value of £300,000.

Detective Inspector Tony Cross from the Community Drugs Enforcement Team said: “There are a few tell-tale signs which often give cannabis farms away and members of public should be vigilant when looking out for drugs activity in their area.

“We always act on intelligence from the public regarding drugs activity and we are very thankful for their support when they come forward with information.”

Typical signs of a cannabis farms being grown inside a property include:

• Windows sealed and covered in a property or the curtains permanently closed.
• Bright lights on 24 hours a day or at unusual times.
• Heat from an adjoining property (cannabis farms produce a lot of heat). Birds often gather on the roof of a warm property in cold weather.
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times.
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting.
• Big electricity bills (aimed at landlords).
• A strong smell of cannabis constantly in the street.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace the person or people responsible.

Anyone with information on drugs activity in their local area is asked to contact police on 101 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.