25 bin bags full of cannabis farm waste found dumped in Preston
Bin bags full of cannabis trimmings and waste from an illegal grow have been found dumped outside a community centre in Plungington.
Around 25 bin liners bulging with trimmings, soil, fertiliser and other cannabis paraphernalia were found strewn around Havelock Street on Sunday (June 20).
The bin liners were initially reported to Preston City Council as fly-tipped rubbish, but the bags were then torn open by youths, revealing the contents as the waste from a cannabis farm.
Residents say the waste led to a strong smell of cannabis in the area, where there has been a number of cannabis farm raids in recent months.
Preston City Council said reports from the public and the police had alerted them to the waste, which has been cleared this morning (Monday, June 21).
Chinese food packets were also found inside the ripped-open bags, as well as plastic shopping bags from a supermarket in Birmingham.
Residents who reported the waste to the Council were told not to disturb the bags as they might contain evidence or clues to help identify those responsible.
Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: "The dumped waste was reported to us over the weekend and our teams have acted fast to be on site to remove it quickly.
"Unfortunately this is one of a number of cases like this reported to us in recent weeks and due to the nature of the waste we have been working with Lancashire Police to try and identify its source.
"The dumping of waste causes a hazard to other residents and makes our streets look untidy.
"If members of the public have any information about this please contact either ourselves of Lancashire Police."
Lancashire Police was approached for more information, but the force said it is not aware of the incident and was unable to provide a comment.
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