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  1. Published on: 07/08/2017 03:08 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Merseyside Police has launched an investigation after the discovery of a cannabis farm with 148 plants in Southport on Friday (4 August 2017).

    At about 5.15pm on Friday a warrant was executed at an address on Mount Street and a cannabis farm discovered inside, spread across three rooms.

    The rooms had been adapted for the growing of cannabis, with plants and associated growing equipment seized.

    Police have removed the plants and sophisticated hydroponic growing equipment. The electricity was also found to have been illegally bypassed.

    Acting Inspector Andy Dentith said: "Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime and they often rent residential properties such as this.

    "Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.

    "The people who set up these farms often tamper with the electricity meters to steal electricity, and there will generally be a number of hot lamps hooked to overloaded electricity sockets as well as an extensive watering system.

    "Electricity and water are never a good combination, and the fire service have seen an increase in the number of fires they have been called to as a result of fires caused by the crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms.

    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, fertiliser, 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, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
         

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  3. cotton man says:08/08/2017 09:08 AM
    Good work by the Police, drug dealers should be given really harsh sentences.

  4. Ruffordbuoy says:08/08/2017 10:29 PM
    No they shouldn't. They provide a valuable and much needed service to the community. One farm shut down, two more will spring up in its place. The war on drugs is a failure and complete waste of public money.

  5. gazaprop says:09/08/2017 12:33 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffordbuoy View Post
    No they shouldn't. They provide a valuable and much needed service to the community. One farm shut down, two more will spring up in its place. The war on drugs is a failure and complete waste of public money.
    Either - top notch 'click bait' or some numb nuts seeking to advance their own lifestyle experience agenda.

  6. silver fox says:09/08/2017 09:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffordbuoy View Post
    No they shouldn't. They provide a valuable and much needed service to the community. One farm shut down, two more will spring up in its place. The war on drugs is a failure and complete waste of public money.
    Currently the war on drugs is not as successful as it should be, if dealers/producers were taken out and shot like the parasites they are, I'm fairly sure that drug supplies would rapidly diminish.

  7. Ruffordbuoy says:11/08/2017 06:30 PM
    Yes. And thankfully we don't have dck heads like you in charge of UK drug policy.


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