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We have arrested a man and seized almost 300 cannabis plants following an incident in Kensington last night, Wednesday 28 December.
At around 11.35pm, officers detained a man at a home in Esher Road following enquiries into suspected cannabis cultivation. Found in the property were a total of 290 cannabis plants and related paraphernalia across six growing rooms.
A 35-year-old man from Kensington was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and has been taken to a police station for questioning.
Matt Brown, who heads up the specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT), said: "This significant find removes a risk of flood and fire from the neighbourhood. Nobody wants to live near to such a dangerous premises.
"People who use cannabis in any quantity might think they are doing no real harm to others, but each and every ounce purchased is contributing towards organised crime across Merseyside, where serious violence and disputes are often the result.
"We will continue to respond to information on suspected cannabis farms whenever we receive it, so if you see, hear or smell any of the tell-tale signs, come forward directly or anonymously and we will assess it and take the appropriate action."
A video in which Matt explains how you can spot signs of cannabis being grown near where you live can be found here - https://youtu.be/rc59i2dsZHM
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
If you have any information in relation to the production, storage or supply of drugs contact us @MerpolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is progress.