Cannabis farms worth more than Â£1 million have been uncovered in Birkenhead thanks to information from the community.
Since April this year, the neighbourhood policing team has seized a total of 1,169 cannabis plants from 11 addresses in the Birkenhead area, as part of the 7 Beats Project*. Investigations into all these seizures are still on-going and 10 arrests have been made to date.
Sergeant Catherine Squire said: “Â£1 million is a conservative estimate of how much cannabis weâ€™ve taken off the streets. This could not have been done without information provided to us by the community.
“What this shows is that cannabis farms can be grown anywhere. The people involved in its cultivation are part of highly organised groups, involved in serious organised crime that fuels further crime and violence.
“Nobody wants to live next door somewhere that is cultivating cannabis and I would like to continue to urge people that if they believe someone is using a property to do just this, to tell us so that we can take positive action and find those responsible.
“This could be reporting suspicious activity or passing on information in relation to a building that you suspect is being used to grow cannabis in. It could even be reporting a strange smell emanating from a property.
Information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug-related crime. Anyone with any information is urged to call Merseyside Police on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”