Drugs raid at traveller site near Worcester - cannabis found in shed behind a caravan: PICTURES

Drugs raid at traveller site near Worcester - cannabis found in shed behind a caravan: PICTURES

Drugs raid at traveller site near Worcester - cannabis found in shed behind a caravan: PICTURES

Drugs raid at traveller site near Worcester - cannabis found in shed behind a caravan: PICTURES

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POLICE raided a traveller site on the edge of Worcester today, uncovering cannabis plants in a shed behind a caravan.

The dawn raid this morning involved warrants at four plots at Smite Residential Caravan Park near West Mercia Police's Hindlip HQ, near Worcester.

Your Worcester News reporter attended the raid with PCs Paul Cound and Tony Carter of Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team who called in support from the force tasking team.

Most of the residents of the 16 plot site were still in bed when officers arrived although the barking of dogs brought them out of their caravans to see what was happening.

Officers discovered 15 female plants with a potential cannabis yield of thousands in a shed behind a static caravan, along a muddy path by some kennels. DC Ian Wright, an officer with pro-active team and an expert witness said the plants were around two weeks old but had an average yield of £800 each with each plant producing between 28g and 84g of cannabis. A 62-year-old man from the site was expected to attend a voluntary interview today at Droitwich Police Station on suspicion of cannabis production. He was not arrested. Officers found other evidence of cultivation, including heat lamps, foil insulation and ventilation. Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1985 officers now only arrest people in more serious situations but the suspect can still expect to face criminal prosecution.

PC Tony Carter said: "If he makes himself available for interview, I'm happy to interview him. If, during that interview, he says 'I'm not talking to you, I'm leaving' I can arrest him and put him in a cell until he will talk to me. At the end of the day, it's a positive warrant. Drugs have been found. We can't stop it. We're practical enough to realise you can't stop it but we can certainly disrupt it."

He said what happened to the suspect now depended on a variety of issues, including whether he had previous convictions.

A scenes of crime officer (SOCO) was scheduled to arrive later in the day. It is expected two plants will be taken away as samples and the rest will be destroyed.

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12:52pm Fri 4 Apr 14

PrivateSi says...

EVIL, NASTY COPHEADS - Come on, give it rest.... It's a herb MILLIONS LOVE for many reasons... You are in THE WRONG - The LAW is wrong, The WAR is wrong - THE PONG IS WRONG.... You're FORCING us onto the smelly skunky stuff too... What's WRONG WITH YOU DRACONS - get a life and stop RUINING OTHERS'...
EVIL, NASTY COPHEADS - Come on, give it rest.... It's a herb MILLIONS LOVE for many reasons... You are in THE WRONG - The LAW is wrong, The WAR is wrong - THE PONG IS WRONG.... You're FORCING us onto the smelly skunky stuff too... What's WRONG WITH YOU DRACONS - get a life and stop RUINING OTHERS'... PrivateSi
  • Score: -40

7:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Geoffery1966 says...

But we cannot say a word against Gypos or we are racist !!
But we cannot say a word against Gypos or we are racist !! Geoffery1966
  • Score: 10

7:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

FreddyF says...

The justice system and police are meant to serve and protect the public. The drug prohibition laws mean that they become instruments to harass and percecute people instead. Removing these noxious laws is not "going soft on crime" when the only crime was the inactment of these laws in the first place.
The justice system and police are meant to serve and protect the public. The drug prohibition laws mean that they become instruments to harass and percecute people instead. Removing these noxious laws is not "going soft on crime" when the only crime was the inactment of these laws in the first place. FreddyF
  • Score: -16

10:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

Well done to the police
Well done to the police Dr Martin
  • Score: 17

11:38pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

PrivateSi wrote:
EVIL, NASTY COPHEADS - Come on, give it rest.... It's a herb MILLIONS LOVE for many reasons... You are in THE WRONG - The LAW is wrong, The WAR is wrong - THE PONG IS WRONG.... You're FORCING us onto the smelly skunky stuff too... What's WRONG WITH YOU DRACONS - get a life and stop RUINING OTHERS'...
Oh shame , never mind eh!
[quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: EVIL, NASTY COPHEADS - Come on, give it rest.... It's a herb MILLIONS LOVE for many reasons... You are in THE WRONG - The LAW is wrong, The WAR is wrong - THE PONG IS WRONG.... You're FORCING us onto the smelly skunky stuff too... What's WRONG WITH YOU DRACONS - get a life and stop RUINING OTHERS'...[/p][/quote]Oh shame , never mind eh! Dr Martin
  • Score: 20

1:16pm Sat 5 Apr 14

canuck7 says...

I cycled up the canal from worc to droitwich on monday and when passing the smite caravan park when it backs on to the canal,. apart from noticin g the huge amount of "household waste" that's been thrown over their fence backing on the towpath, i smelt a very strong odor of "skunk" cannabis. i was suprised to read yesterday they're been busted. well done to Worc drug squad.
I cycled up the canal from worc to droitwich on monday and when passing the smite caravan park when it backs on to the canal,. apart from noticin g the huge amount of "household waste" that's been thrown over their fence backing on the towpath, i smelt a very strong odor of "skunk" cannabis. i was suprised to read yesterday they're been busted. well done to Worc drug squad. canuck7
  • Score: 19

6:39pm Sat 5 Apr 14

sunnside says...

if their dealing then remove their possessions they say their human so treat them like a human drug dealer give them no special treatment
if their dealing then remove their possessions they say their human so treat them like a human drug dealer give them no special treatment sunnside
  • Score: 9

6:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

SgtAl says...

Congratulations should go to the Police for the successful operation.

However (there is always one of those in my posts), I'm pretty certain that cannabis is a class B controlled substance, therefore those suspected of production or supply are facing a potential 14 year jail sentence if convicted.

How does this warrant a volunteer interview at a Police station? Surely a compulsory interview, without tea and biscuits, is more appropriate given the gravity of the alleged crime.
Congratulations should go to the Police for the successful operation. However (there is always one of those in my posts), I'm pretty certain that cannabis is a class B controlled substance, therefore those suspected of production or supply are facing a potential 14 year jail sentence if convicted. How does this warrant a volunteer interview at a Police station? Surely a compulsory interview, without tea and biscuits, is more appropriate given the gravity of the alleged crime. SgtAl
  • Score: 15

8:24pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Keith B says...

If you don't like the cannabis laws there is a very simple solution - stand for Parliament, get elected and then persuade around 350 other MP's by the force of your argument to support you to change the drugs laws.

I'd support you as I think that we could solve so many of the Country's problems by legalising drugs ..... but I'm not totally convinced that there would be a majority in the Country that would also support you.

It's called democracy - which is of course what gives you the freedom to express opinions on this site.
If you don't like the cannabis laws there is a very simple solution - stand for Parliament, get elected and then persuade around 350 other MP's by the force of your argument to support you to change the drugs laws. I'd support you as I think that we could solve so many of the Country's problems by legalising drugs ..... but I'm not totally convinced that there would be a majority in the Country that would also support you. It's called democracy - which is of course what gives you the freedom to express opinions on this site. Keith B
  • Score: 9

8:45pm Sat 5 Apr 14

agedbutwithit says...

why does this not surprise me . Now there's stricter laws on scrap metal they need to turn their hand to other methods of underhand money collecting
why does this not surprise me . Now there's stricter laws on scrap metal they need to turn their hand to other methods of underhand money collecting agedbutwithit
  • Score: 11

4:30pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Nortynorse says...

Well said "agedbutwithit" I was about to post the same but you beat me to it, I was a a local scrap dealer the other day and the person in charge said that they don't get these "Undesirables" anymore so it appears the "**** has moved onto the pot"
Well said "agedbutwithit" I was about to post the same but you beat me to it, I was a a local scrap dealer the other day and the person in charge said that they don't get these "Undesirables" anymore so it appears the "**** has moved onto the pot" Nortynorse
  • Score: 6

1:28am Mon 7 Apr 14

safety first says...

yet again this has happened close the site down and kick all those scum out and dont replace the site.
yet again this has happened close the site down and kick all those scum out and dont replace the site. safety first
  • Score: 8

4:10pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Nortynorse says...

Again well said "safety first", unfortunately these "POND LIFE" have to housed somewhere, at least if you "corale" them in a site it will stop the messing up many laybys and public car parks.

Of course they will say that you are breaching their human rights, my answer to that??

DRIVE THEM ALL INTO THE SEA !!!!!!!!!
Again well said "safety first", unfortunately these "POND LIFE" have to housed somewhere, at least if you "corale" them in a site it will stop the messing up many laybys and public car parks. Of course they will say that you are breaching their human rights, my answer to that?? DRIVE THEM ALL INTO THE SEA !!!!!!!!! Nortynorse
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

DarrenM says...

Police and criminal Evidence Act 1985 - Have they changed it then?

"I can arrest him and put him in a cell until he will talk to me" -

Can you? I was under the impression that the maximum they can hold you for is 24 hours, no more than 96 with an extension, they certainly can't keep hold of you simply because you refuse to answer any questions or are they running some kind of extra-judicial Guantanamo Bay at Droitwich Police Station now? Do the IPCC need to look into this?
Police and criminal Evidence Act 1985 - Have they changed it then? "I can arrest him and put him in a cell until he will talk to me" - Can you? I was under the impression that the maximum they can hold you for is 24 hours, no more than 96 with an extension, they certainly can't keep hold of you simply because you refuse to answer any questions or are they running some kind of extra-judicial Guantanamo Bay at Droitwich Police Station now? Do the IPCC need to look into this? DarrenM
  • Score: -3

3:40pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Keith B says...

I agree with DarrenM - a shocking statement from a policeman.
I agree with DarrenM - a shocking statement from a policeman. Keith B
  • Score: -2

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