Large scale cannabis factory on a small industrial estate discovered thanks to member of the public

Large cannabis farm found at Pershore industrial estate

Large cannabis farm found at Pershore industrial estate

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A large scale cannabis factory was found on a small industrial estate at Pershore thanks to a member of the public.

A man, walking past business units on Goodwood Road, Pershore, contacted the police yesterday evening, Thursday, December 12, saying he could smell cannabis coming from a building.

Police officers from West Mercia attended and executed warrants at the site where they found four rooms containing several hundred plants. In three of the rooms the plants had been stripped of their leaves and another room contained about 200 growing plants.

Due to the nature of the wiring in the building, officers secured the building until this morning when Western Power Distribution could attend to switch off the power supply.

Officers are now collecting evidence and arranging for the plants to be removed and destroyed, as well as carrying out inquiries to identify those responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Williamson said: “We would like to thank the member of the public who contacted us. His vigilance and prompt action has helped us to terminate a significant cannabis production operation.

“We will act whenever we receive information that drugs are being produced in our community, so if anyone knows of any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood, please let us know.”

Information can be passed on to West Mercia Police via the non-emergency police number 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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3:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

broken6 says...

So this gentleman knows what cannabis plants smell like? Interesting!
So this gentleman knows what cannabis plants smell like? Interesting! broken6
  • Score: -3

4:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

pudniw_gib says...

Grass...... anyway the plants appear to be striped of their leaves and buds.. so at least its not a total loss for the farmer ....
Grass...... anyway the plants appear to be striped of their leaves and buds.. so at least its not a total loss for the farmer .... pudniw_gib
  • Score: 5

4:30pm Fri 13 Dec 13

CVF420 says...

The sooner cannabis is legalised, the better. The fact remains there is (and most likely always will be) a huge demand for cannabis, and as a result, there will always be criminals who are willing to satisfy this demand. If a policy of legal regulation were to be introduced, this huge supply could be taken out of the hands of criminals, and brought into the legal market, where thousands of taxable jobs could be created. This would not only give our economy a much needed boost, but would also save thousands of hours for our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault cases.

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The sooner cannabis is legalised, the better. The fact remains there is (and most likely always will be) a huge demand for cannabis, and as a result, there will always be criminals who are willing to satisfy this demand. If a policy of legal regulation were to be introduced, this huge supply could be taken out of the hands of criminals, and brought into the legal market, where thousands of taxable jobs could be created. This would not only give our economy a much needed boost, but would also save thousands of hours for our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault cases. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team www.facebook.com/cvf 420 CVF420
  • Score: -5

5:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

broken6 says...

The problem with legalising it ( which I agree) is that it takes it from one criminal party to a bigger bunch of crooks. The government would tax it so high, that most users would carry on with their own suppliers. Just like the massive amount of untaxed fags and tobacco being bought and sold.
The problem with legalising it ( which I agree) is that it takes it from one criminal party to a bigger bunch of crooks. The government would tax it so high, that most users would carry on with their own suppliers. Just like the massive amount of untaxed fags and tobacco being bought and sold. broken6
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

the truth man says...

cvf 420 well done :) this is my point a rapist will get a slap on the wrist someone growing pot will get a long sentence for what ?
the war on drugs is a joke millions of £££££££ 30 years now and the old bill still saying there wining this so called war ! there telling lies there fall of crap it was lost long time ago
better still lets drug test them lets see what there taking I read the papers and I always see someone from the police force in trouble rape misconduct the latest one grooming a 13 girl tell me if you trust them I don't
im sure there some good ones out there.... im not against them but my trust for them is a big fat 0
cvf 420 well done :) this is my point a rapist will get a slap on the wrist someone growing pot will get a long sentence for what ? the war on drugs is a joke millions of £££££££ 30 years now and the old bill still saying there wining this so called war ! there telling lies there fall of crap it was lost long time ago better still lets drug test them lets see what there taking I read the papers and I always see someone from the police force in trouble rape misconduct the latest one grooming a 13 girl tell me if you trust them I don't im sure there some good ones out there.... im not against them but my trust for them is a big fat 0 the truth man
  • Score: -6

6:14pm Fri 13 Dec 13

the truth man says...

REMEMBER WHAT THEY DID TO LIVERPOOL FANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
REMEMBER WHAT THEY DID TO LIVERPOOL FANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the truth man
  • Score: -4

6:16pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Dr Martin says...

As if stoners would pay tax on something they can get tax free
wishful thinking!
As if stoners would pay tax on something they can get tax free wishful thinking! Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

11:54pm Fri 13 Dec 13

PrivateSi says...

ooooh... Can I run as an ON-GOING COMMUNITY CONCERN, PLease, pretty please... WE'LL BE MADE BETTER, NOT JUST GOOD...
ooooh... Can I run as an ON-GOING COMMUNITY CONCERN, PLease, pretty please... WE'LL BE MADE BETTER, NOT JUST GOOD... PrivateSi
  • Score: -3

10:00am Sat 14 Dec 13

GroovyChick says...

broken6 wrote:
So this gentleman knows what cannabis plants smell like? Interesting!
oh get a life, doesnt mean to say he smokes it just because he knows what it smells. I know what cigarettes smell of but I don't smoke them.
[quote][p][bold]broken6[/bold] wrote: So this gentleman knows what cannabis plants smell like? Interesting![/p][/quote]oh get a life, doesnt mean to say he smokes it just because he knows what it smells. I know what cigarettes smell of but I don't smoke them. GroovyChick
  • Score: -2

11:13am Sat 14 Dec 13

MJI says...

Quick go to Southampton, there is a large tobacco operation there which needs closing down.
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Better do this before they sell their stock to the tobacco pushers.
Quick go to Southampton, there is a large tobacco operation there which needs closing down. . Better do this before they sell their stock to the tobacco pushers. MJI
  • Score: -1

11:44am Sat 14 Dec 13

dulon says...

I want to know if Wychavon was being paid 'rates' for this unit . If so they will now be one more 'ratepayer' short . If not then who was paying the electric bill ? and could the council enforce the issue of inappropriate activity contrary to planning regulations |? haha
merry christmas ! I have been told that the crop was intact before the police arrived !
I want to know if Wychavon was being paid 'rates' for this unit . If so they will now be one more 'ratepayer' short . If not then who was paying the electric bill ? and could the council enforce the issue of inappropriate activity contrary to planning regulations |? haha merry christmas ! I have been told that the crop was intact before the police arrived ! dulon
  • Score: 3

11:45am Sat 14 Dec 13

dulon says...

very approprite name of the reporter !
very approprite name of the reporter ! dulon
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Sat 14 Dec 13

broken6 says...

GroovyChick wrote:
broken6 wrote:
So this gentleman knows what cannabis plants smell like? Interesting!
oh get a life, doesnt mean to say he smokes it just because he knows what it smells. I know what cigarettes smell of but I don't smoke them.
Who said he smokes it? I assumed he was an off duty policeman who has had experience of dealing with this sort of crime before!

I think you should get a life. If your life is so dull that you have to make up stories on a local newspaper comment section! Sadly, pathetic....
[quote][p][bold]GroovyChick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]broken6[/bold] wrote: So this gentleman knows what cannabis plants smell like? Interesting![/p][/quote]oh get a life, doesnt mean to say he smokes it just because he knows what it smells. I know what cigarettes smell of but I don't smoke them.[/p][/quote]Who said he smokes it? I assumed he was an off duty policeman who has had experience of dealing with this sort of crime before! I think you should get a life. If your life is so dull that you have to make up stories on a local newspaper comment section! Sadly, pathetic.... broken6
  • Score: -1

2:20pm Sat 14 Dec 13

the truth man says...

Stephen Lawrence remember that ... who polices the police O I remember now the police ? 30 years now fighting this so called war.. we have been at war with the Taliban for over ten years now with no results how many off our young lads dead we have been told time after time we are wining this war for the last ten years and we leave there with the same s..t as we found it how much has that cost .... this so war on drugs has cost what ££££££ and the government keep telling there wining the battle
message to the pm your lying and the rest of the true criminals in government that run the UK .........lets drug test them and the police if they was winning we would not be reading drug story's in the papers day after day week after week stand up and tell them that there full of s..t
Stephen Lawrence remember that ... who polices the police O I remember now the police ? 30 years now fighting this so called war.. we have been at war with the Taliban for over ten years now with no results how many off our young lads dead we have been told time after time we are wining this war for the last ten years and we leave there with the same s..t as we found it how much has that cost .... this so war on drugs has cost what ££££££ and the government keep telling there wining the battle message to the pm your lying and the rest of the true criminals in government that run the UK .........lets drug test them and the police if they was winning we would not be reading drug story's in the papers day after day week after week stand up and tell them that there full of s..t the truth man
  • Score: -7

6:43pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

dulon wrote:
I want to know if Wychavon was being paid 'rates' for this unit . If so they will now be one more 'ratepayer' short . If not then who was paying the electric bill ? and could the council enforce the issue of inappropriate activity contrary to planning regulations |? haha
merry christmas ! I have been told that the crop was intact before the police arrived !
If the police had to secure the unit "due to the nature of the wiring" and wait until WPD had attended the next morning to disconnect the supply, I suspect than no-one was paying the leccy, as the meter had been bypassed.

I very much doubt that Wychavon were aware that the unit was occupied, even the landlord probably didn't know.
[quote][p][bold]dulon[/bold] wrote: I want to know if Wychavon was being paid 'rates' for this unit . If so they will now be one more 'ratepayer' short . If not then who was paying the electric bill ? and could the council enforce the issue of inappropriate activity contrary to planning regulations |? haha merry christmas ! I have been told that the crop was intact before the police arrived ![/p][/quote]If the police had to secure the unit "due to the nature of the wiring" and wait until WPD had attended the next morning to disconnect the supply, I suspect than no-one was paying the leccy, as the meter had been bypassed. I very much doubt that Wychavon were aware that the unit was occupied, even the landlord probably didn't know. Brummagem Bertie
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Dr Martin says...

Heroin and crack usage is falling , that's says we are winning
Heroin and crack usage is falling , that's says we are winning Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Dr Martin says...

Dr Martin wrote:
Heroin and crack usage is falling , that's says we are winning
**that says
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: Heroin and crack usage is falling , that's says we are winning[/p][/quote]**that says Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Sat 14 Dec 13

spider666 says...

dulon wrote:
very approprite name of the reporter !
What "Chris" ;)
[quote][p][bold]dulon[/bold] wrote: very approprite name of the reporter ![/p][/quote]What "Chris" ;) spider666
  • Score: 1

8:48pm Sat 14 Dec 13

dulon says...

well there could be some very special cake at the west mercia christmas do !
If my experiences of industrial site owners is anything to go by the owner will have been getting his rent ! even if it was in cash !
well there could be some very special cake at the west mercia christmas do ! If my experiences of industrial site owners is anything to go by the owner will have been getting his rent ! even if it was in cash ! dulon
  • Score: -5

9:05pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

Cash or kind?! ;-)
Cash or kind?! ;-) Brummagem Bertie
  • Score: -5

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