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North West cannabis crackdown

Police have promised to weed out cannabis farms after more than 5,000 were discovered in north-west England.

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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 crackdown

A huge crackdown on people growing cannabis has been launched across the North West.

It's not just happening in and confined to industrial units. It's happening in our communities, it's in peoples bedrooms and lofts. The result of that is its actually bringing that gun crime element into the heart of our communities.

– Supt Mark Addison Merseyside Police
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