Residents asked to report suspicions as 298 cannabis farms are found by police (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Residents asked to report suspicions as 298 cannabis farms are found by police
Landlords and neighbours are being urged to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour as it was revealed that nearly 300 cannabis farms have been found in Bradford since the start of 2012.
Up to August 1 this year, 86 were discovered in the Bradford South police division and 69 in Airedale and North Bradford, while in 2012, 85 were found in Bradford South and 58 in Airedale and North Bradford – a total of 298 farms.
The warning also comes after a failed asylum seeker was locked up for nine months when he was found cultivating cannabis with a street value of £82,000.
Jun Jun Lin, 27, was jailed for nine months last week after he was re-arrested for jumping bail and admitting production of cannabis at The Lodge House, Shirley Manor, Huddersfield Road, Wyke.
He was caught when sharp-eyed police officers spotted his dangling training shoes up a chimney at the house where the cannabis was found.
Now police are urging people to look out for brightly-lit houses and an unusual pungent smell in the vicinity of the property.
“Occupiers are likely to be coming and going with electrical equipment, bags of compost and fertiliser,” a police spokesman said.
“While the latter would not be an unusual sight if they were being taken to a shed, garage or garden, questions should be asked if they are going through the front door.
“Equally we would ask landlords to be vigilant. Dealers often rent to distance themselves from the property. They may also be reluctant to register utility bills in their own name and often run up high gas and electricity bills.”
Crimestoppers started a “scratch and sniff” campaign earlier this year in a bid to get people used to the smell of cannabis so they can report it if they are suspicious about properties being used for its cultivation.
And following last week’s sentencing, a police spokesman said that they were having considerable success in uncovering cannabis factories and removing them from neighbourhoods.
“Drug dealing and the production of drugs are priority issues for our residents and this is another example of our continued efforts to address them,” the spokesman added.
“The assistance of the public is, however, a key element in identifying individuals producing and selling cannabis within our communities.
“By working together we can have a genuine impact on the negative influences that affect people’s quality of life. We would therefore ask residents to keep an eye out for anything suspicious going on in their local area.
“We will act on information that is passed to us and where we suspect the illegal cultivation and supply of cannabis is taking place, we will take positive action to disrupt it.
“If you suspect someone to be growing cannabis near you, please call the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or the non-emergency number 101.”