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More than 2,000 bags of cannabis plant waste has been dumped in a North Yorkshire town so far this year

Cllr Watson (right) is pictured with Steve Chamberlain (Cleansing Operative) and the latest haul Credit: Hambleton District Council

More than 2,000 bags of waste associated with cannabis production has been dumped in a North Yorkshire town so far this year.

The council and North Yorkshire Police are working together to try a find those responsible after a series of large scale flytips.

Most recently, 61 bags worth of cannabis plant remnants and equipment used to grow the illegal plant were found dumped near Hutton Rudby. It brings the total number of bin bags collected so far this year up to 2024 bags. They had been left in hedgerows across the district.

Police say, given the amount of waste, it must have been transported in a van or pick up before being flytipped.

Bags of cannabis plant production waste has been flytipped in Hambleton so far this year.
Bags worth of waste was collected near Hutton Rudby recently.

This problem has been escalating for almost a year. We believe a good deal of it is coming from large scale cannabis operations outside of the district and being dumped where the criminals think it will remain unnoticed.

We urge the public to be extra vigilant and if they see anything suspicious report it to either us or the police. Under no circumstances should members of the public try to tackle someone acting suspiciously. The police are also asking anyone in the North Yorkshire or Cleveland area to report any suspicious activity around industrial units, factory buildings or farm buildings that may be used for cannabis production. They say the signs to look out for include a pungent smell, covered windows, lights on all the time, the buzz of ventilation / fans whirring, people coming and going at all hours, condensation, excessive security and heat escape – snow/frost melts quickly on the roof."

– Councillor Stephen Watson.

Chief Inspector Emma Aldred of North Yorkshire Police, added:

Information from members of the public could be of vital help in finding out where this cannabis waste is coming from. It’s clearly being produced on a large scale and must be visible to anyone in the vicinity. We urge members of the public to do two things, one is to look out for suspicious people or vehicles in rural areas who might be dumping the waste. The other is to be aware of the signs of cannabis production and report your suspicions to the police or Crimestoppers.”

– Chief Inspector Emma Aldred