We have arrested a teenager and seized a cannabis farm with a potential annual yield of around £250,000 following an incident in Allerton on Saturday 22 June.
At around 12.45pm, patrols in the area of Booker Avenue identified a strong smell of cannabis from an address. They identified a lone male close to the property, who was detained. A search of the garage led to around 60 plants being seized, in addition to equipment.
A 15-year-old boy from Tranmere in Wirral was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production, cannabis supply and cannabis possession and taken to a police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Matt Brown, who leads the force's Cannabis Dismantling Team, said: "This incident demonstrates one of the obvious signs that cannabis may be grown in your neighbourhood but anyone in the community can report them, and the same action will be taken.
"We often get asked why police carry out such action to dismantle cannabis farms. We do it to protect the vast majority of people in our communities who don't want to live close to such dangerous properties, which act as a potential fire and flood risk, and attracts crime.
"Groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are often involved in other serious organised crime, which brings significant harm to those communities. Each seizure represents money being taken from the pockets of criminals and we encourage members of the communities to report any concerns to police.
“Nobody wants to live close to these death traps, so please be aware of the signs that someone may have a cannabis farm near to you and let us know. We will act on all in information to remove them and make the communities safer.”
Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
• 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 sinister