1. ITV Report

Rural areas being increasingly used by drug dealers

Some of the biggest drugs hauls in our area have been discovered in rural locations. In the Scottish Borders recently a drugs raid in West Linton led to more than £200,000 worth of drugs being seized, in February of this year a large scale Cannabis farm was uncovered in Bentpath, Dumfries and Galloway, and in the same month more than 1000 plants were discovered in a warehouse in Haltwhistle. Recent raids in west Cumbria uncovered five cannabis farms and over £1million pounds worth of drugs were seized.

Now Cumbria police are urging communities to help make sure this kind of organised crime isn't happening on their doorstep. Detective Sergeant Jason Robinson said:

"I must stress that we are finding them in towns as well as in rural areas and what we're doing at the moment is seeking the assistance of the general public in helping us to identify these locations in towns and rural locations."

– Detective Sergeant Jason Robinson

The police are urging everyone to stay vigilant, with the lambing season well underway farmers working unsociable hours could be best placed to notice suspicious behaviour. There are a number of things that could suggest properties are being used to store or cultivate drugs. Detective Sergeant Jason Robinson explains what these are.

Information can also be given to the police anonymously by calling crime stoppers or the 101 police number.