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Key signs to spotting a cannabis farm

As police across the region pledge a crackdown on cannabis growers in the North West, forces have released a list of tell-tale signs that a farm may be in operation.

  • 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 or industrial lighting
  • Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
  • Heat from an adjoining property


Cannabis plants seized across region

The total number of cannabis plants seized by police across the North West has increased over the last three years.

The regions stats:

  • Cultivation offences of 10 or more plants up by 16% in Greater Manchester
  • 1,214 arrests on suspicion of growing cannabis in Merseyside in last three years
  • 485 cannabis farms in Lancashire alone between October 2010 and December 2011
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