Cannabis farm found in Tower Hill, Kirkby as officers remind the community of the dangers they pose
Officers are warning the community of the dangers of cannabis farms following a warrant in Tower Hill, Kirkby on Wednesday, 23 January.
At around 11.30pm, local policing officers attended an address in Balmoral Close looking for a wanted man. A warrant was later carried out, resulting in the recovery of 33 plants with a potential annual yield of more than £125,000. Enquiries are ongoing to locate the occupants.
Officers from our specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT) attended to seize plants and equipment found in upstairs rooms and a loft, and the electricity was found to have been bridged.
Local Policing Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: "I want to reassure our communities across Knowsley that we will act on all information provided to keep identifying and dismantling these death-traps. Whether large or small in size, nobody wants to live next door to a serious fire and flood risk, never mind the associated organised and violent crime that drug suppliers invariably attract.
"Help us keep your street safer and come forward if you suspect similar activity in your area, please be aware of the signs 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
Anyone with information on suspected cannabis farms in their area is asked to speak to local officers contact the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.