Police find fifty-five cannabis plants in Ashton home after raid this afternoon
Monday 9th April 2018 @ 18:06 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News Tameside

There were dramatic scenes in Hurst this afternoon as police officers conducted a drug raid on a house on Smallshaw Lane.

Greater Manchester Police’s Ashton Hurst Neighbourhood Team conducted the Section 23 drugs warrant and once inside the property, three rooms were discovered to have been adapted to grow cannabis.

Fifty-five plants in total were being grown in the house, and it was also discovered that the electricity meter had been bypassed, putting neighbouring addresses at risk due to inadequate safety measures.

The property was unoccupied and no arrests have been made but investigations continue.

PC Stephen Naylor, the Neighbourhood Beat Officer for Ashton Hurst, said: “This warrant comes of the back of another successful warrant two weeks ago in Hurst.

“Although the two address are not connected, it shows that the team are acting on the intelligence provided by the local community and will continue to act on any intelligence.”

PC Naylor continued: “These farms are not only illegal, they are also a safety risk to neighbouring properties and the financial gains from these farms have been known to fund serious organised crime.”

If you have any information about ongoing criminal activities in your area, you can provide information anonymously and in confidence via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org.