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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

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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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