Two £30k cannabis farms found by police in two days

Cannabis found at a detched home on Woodplumpton Road, Ashton, Preston in March 2014
Cannabis found at a detched home on Woodplumpton Road, Ashton, Preston in March 2014
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This is the moment a £30,000 cannabis farm was exposed in a room in a plush detached home on a leafy suburban road.

Police officers raided a bungalow property on Woodplumpton Road in Ashton, Preston, close to the junction with Cadley Causeway, at around 2pm Thursday and discovered a cannabis plantation worth around £30,000.

They found 12 plants in a downstairs room during initial searches but a further 17 fully grown plants were found in the loft space with full hydroponic set up as the forensic teams searched the house.

Suspicious locals had reported an unusual smell from the property to police.

It came just two days after a farm worth £30,000 was found in a terraced house on Plungington Road in Preston and brings the total found in the last couple of months to six in the Lea policing area.

Sgt Paul McLernon, of Lea police, said: “ We again want to thank the public because this find may not have been made without community intelligence, which has led to several similar farms being found recently in the area.”

The man helping police with inquiries is understood to live alone at the property.

The raid came as part of a wider operation in by the Lea neighbourhood policing team in which officers have carried out 20 warrants, mainly focusing on dangerous dog reports, drugs and targeting of known criminals.

Sgt Scott Archer of Lea Police added: “Please keep the community intelligence coming on these grows. They are a danger to everybody not only because of the smell, which is carcinogenic, but due to the dodgy do-it-yourself electrical wiring often used in the illegal set up of the equipment.”

Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.