Cannabis farm found af­ter blaze at house

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ACANNABIS farm with an es­ti­mated street value of tens of thou­sands of pounds was dis­cov­ered af­ter a house fire, po­lice have re­vealed.

Fire crews and paramedics were called to re­ports of a blaze at a bun­ga­low on Vic­to­ria Road, Mac­cles­field, on Jan­uary 10. Strong winds car­ried smoke into the nearby A&E depart­ment caus­ing patients to be evac­u­ated.

But on ar­rival fire­fight­ers dis­cov­ered dozens of cannabis plants and grow­ing equip­ment in the loft and called the po­lice.

The oc­cu­pant of the house was treated for smoke in­hala­tion by paramedics.

A 23-year-old man from Lon­don was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis and bailed pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries

Po­lice have re­leased a photo of the cannabis farm, which shows dozens of plants.

In an un­re­lated in­ci­dent, po­lice have dis­cov­ered an­other drugs op­er­a­tion in Bolling­ton. Po­lice ex­e­cuted a war­rant at an ad­dress in Princess Drive on Fe­bru­ary 12. They seized a small num­ber of plants and items re­lat­ing to drug sup­ply. A 29-yearold man is help­ing po­lice with their en­quiries. The drugs raids are part of Mac­cles­field po­lice’s on­go­ing war against drugs in the town.

Sgt Rob Simp­son said: “Drugs are a blight on the com­mu­nity – and the reper­cus­sions can be wide­spread. We want to take this opportunity to en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­port drug deal­ing or any per­ceived sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice on 101.

“Al­ter­na­tively, in­for­ma­tion can be given anony­mously by con­tact­ing Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.” Quote in­ci­dent num­ber 710 of Jan­uary 11.

A drugs farm found by po­lice af­ter a fire in Vic­to­ria Road, Mac­cles­field.

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