Teenager arrested following cannabis farm recovery in Walton

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A teenage boy has been arrested after a cannabis farm was recovered in Walton today, Friday 3 February.

At around 1.25am, officers were patrolling the area when they smelt cannabis coming from a house on Redbourn Street, and when they investigated heard fans inside the property.

Upon entering the address they discovered around 100 cannabis plants in various stages of growth in the property.

The premises has been made safe by our Cannabis Dismantling Team and our enquiries are ongoing.

The electricity meter had been abstracted without authority. Scottish Power have attended and have made the electrics safe.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis. He is still in police custody for questioning.

Inspector Ian Logan-Sherratt from Liverpool Targeted Team said: “Closing down this cannabis farm is a great result as it makes the local community a safer place to live, and also from the serious and organised criminals that set the farms up and exploit vulnerable people. 

“The dangers posed by cannabis farms and extracting electricity illegally in this manner poses a serious dangerous risk to residents living nearby, both from the risk of flooding and fire, especially when criminals tinker with the wiring and overload plugs.

“If you spot any signs that cannabis is being grown near where you live and work please let us know so that we can continue to take action. Any information helps residents and the work we do, so make us aware and we will investigate.”

A video in which Matt Brown, head of our Cannabis Dismantling Team 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

Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious

Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

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