Large cannabis farm discovered in Newton-le-Willows

Police arrested a 27-year-old woman and recovered a large cannabis farm in Newton-le-Willows.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 1:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th June 2021, 1:08 pm
Police received a report of suspicious behaviour at a business on Earle Road and discovered a cannabis farm
Police received a report of suspicious behaviour at a business on Earle Road and discovered a cannabis farm

At around 9.30pm on Tuesday, June 22 police received a report of suspicious behaviour at a business on Earle Road.

Officers attended, inspected the building and located a large cannabis farm of 556 plants in various stages of growth spread across 11 rooms.

A 27-year-old female from Newton-le-Willows was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production. She was been taken into custody for questioning by officers has now been released under investigation pending further enquiries

The premises has been made safe by the Cannabis Dismantling Team.

Matt Brown, head of our Cannabis Dismantling Team, said: “This was a large-scale cannabis farm, with the potential to produce large amounts of the drug for wider distribution. The risks of doing so, for residents and businesses nearby, are equally large, with fire, flood and violent crime often the result.

“We take action on all information received about drug production, supply and storage so keep telling us what you know and we’ll keep the streets safer from the harm they cause. Be aware of some of the signs of cannabis growth, and we’ll do the rest.”

Some of the 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

• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious

Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.