Cannabis farm busted by cops

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A CANNABIS farm was shut down by police after they were tipped-off by a landlord.

The crop worth an estimated street value of £5,000 was found growing in the loft of a home on Thornes Lane.

PCs Matt Lewis and Toby Warden, of the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT), raided the house on Saturday morning at around 11.15am.

Acting Insp Lis Walker said: “It was a rented property and the landlord had organised a routine inspection.

“While there he went into the loft, which I don’t think the tenants expected him to, and then he called the police straightaway.”

Acting Insp Walker has urged anyone who suspects cannabis is being grown to contact the NPT.

She said: “There are several signs which point to a possible cannabis farm,

“You may see people taking rolls of black lining into a house.

“People might also take large bags or boxes into houses to grow the plants.

“And there might be a pungent smell coming from the property.”

Other signs include windows being blacked out without curtains.

Some houses may look unoccupied with visitors appearing late at night or early in the morning.

Acting Insp Walker said: “If anyone has any concerns they should contact police immediately.

“Information from the public can prove vital to shutting down illegal cannabis farms.”

A 24-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were arrested and later released on bail.

Anyone with any information should contact the NPT on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.