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19 Jun 2012
Venomous snakes were seized during a joint
operation between police and Halton Borough Council.
On Friday 15th June police executed a warrant
at an address in Allen Road, Runcorn.
Upstairs in the property officers discovered a Cannabis factory
- around 60 plants were seized along with equipment for heating and
lighting the plants.
Also found was a live venomous snake and a number of tanks that
had housed snakes. Wildlife officers and specialist reptile
handling staff were brought in to deal safely with the
animal. A number of dead venomous snakes were also found.
The animals were recovered from the property by
Halton Borough Council using their powers under the
Dangerous Wild Animals Act.
Police and council officers then carried out searches at 3 other
properties − one residential property in Runcorn and two business
properties (one in Widnes and one in Warrington).
The search at the business premises in Gladstone Street, Widnes,
revealed some minor breaches of legislation under
the Pet Animals Act that were dealt with by Halton Borough Council
During the search at a house in Goldcrest Close in Runcorn,
officers found an alligator, a snake and other
reptiles. The alligator, classified as a dangerous and
wild animal, was removed from the property by Halton Borough
At a business premises in Padgate Lane, Warrington, police
officers and council staff located a large king cobra, 3 monocled
cobras and a rattle snake. These animals were handed over
voluntarily by the owners of the business to specialist
A 33-year-old man was arrested in Widnes on
suspicion of cultivating Cannabis, abstracting electricity and
possessing dangerous wild animals. He was subsequently released on
police bail pending further enquiries. The dangerous animal
offences will be dealt with by Halton Borough Council, prosecuting
authority in relation to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.
Inspector Dave Gordon said:
- Inspector Dave Gordon, Safer Halton
This operation was initiated by information we received
from members of the community, we were concerned for the
safety of the public, so swift and decisive action was taken. The
animals were seized as part of a joint operation involving local
police, Halton Borough Council staff, wildlife officers and reptile
Some of the animals seized are extremely dangerous, indeed
potentially lethal, they have been taken to a safe location where
they will remain for the time being in the care of reptile