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Cannabis farm discovered after faulty electricity wiring causes fire

Around 350 cannabis plants were fount at the property Credit: Merseyside Police

A large-scale cannabis farm is being investigated in Anfield after reports of an arson on Monday, according to Merseyside Police.

Specialist officers attended a house on Oakfield Road following reports of a fire on Monday morning around 9.30 am.

Around 350 cannabis plants were discovered at the address, along with growing equipment.

The farm was set across three rooms and a loft at the house, and it has been confirmed that the electricity was abstracted via bridging of the meter, which has now been made safe.

Dangerous: electricity was abstracted via bridging of the meter Credit: Merseyside Police

Cannabis Dismantling Sergeant Angie Norstrom:

“This recovery demonstrates once again the risk to our communities from cannabis farms. Cannabis farms are a huge fire hazard due the dangerous and illegal way that the electricity supply is tampered with, and can pose a danger to neighbouring houses and businesses.

“The community are our eyes and ears when it comes to cannabis farms. They can be set up anywhere and criminal gangs use lots of small properties such as flats or terraced houses to spread their risk. This means they are being operated in streets where decent, ordinary, law-abiding people are living and working, and this is putting those residents and business owners at risk.

“The cultivation of cannabis is also linked to criminal gangs who will use violence to protect their crops from rivals and coerce vulnerable people into running them for them. This can bring other crime into communities where farms are prevalent, including the use of weapons such as firearms.

“It is therefore in everyone’s interests to help the police rid communities of cannabis farms by sharing suspicions and information with us. If you tell us your suspicions, the police can and will take decisive action.”

– Sergeant Angie Norstrom
Dangerous: electricity was abstracted via bridging of the meter Credit: Merseyside Police

Some of the common signs that cannabis is being grown are:

  • Strange smells and sounds

  • 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

Anyone with any information can call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.