Cannabis farm discovered in Widnes Date published: 6th March 2017 3.28pm

Officers from Widnes Local Policing Unit have recovered a quantity of Cannabis thanks to information from a member of the public.

At approximately 11pm on Sunday 5 March officers on patrol in Widnes were approached by a member of the public who had spotted suspicious activity at an address on Milton Road.

Officers attended the address and whilst conducting a detailed search of the premises officers discovered a quantity of Cannabis plants.

Inspector Chris Adkins said: “Thanks to the information received from a member of the public we have able to remove a quantity of drugs from the streets of Widnes.

“This is a great result and it really shows how information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime.

“We know the negative impact illegal drug use and supply can have on the community and we will continue to do all we can to put a stop to this sort of activity.

“I urge anyone who suspects a property is being used to cultivate Cannabis to contact Cheshire Police on 101.”

There are a number signs that could indicate that a property is being used as a Cannabis farm, these include:

  • A strong and sickly sweet smell
  • Equipment to grow cannabis being taken into a house.
  • For example, lighting and ventilation equipment.
  • Constantly covered or blocked-off windows.
  • Cannabis factories often have constantly closed curtains, black-out blinds or foil coverings.
    People coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see.
  • Strong and constant lighting day and night.
  • High levels of heat and condensation. Cannabis factories often give off heat and the windows stay misted up.
  • Constant buzz of ventilation. Listen out for a whirring sound as the growers try to create an ideal climate for the plants to grow.

No arrests have been made to date and enquires are currently ongoing. Anyone with any information in relation to the discovery is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 899 of 5 March 2017. Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.