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Burglary report leads to police finding cannabis grow and arresting suspect

September 14, 2021
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Community intelligence led to police uncovering a cannabis grow with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds and arresting a suspect after a foot chase.

Nottinghamshire Police officers discovered the set-up after members of the public had reported a burglary in progress in Shaw Street, Mansfield, shortly before 3am on Tuesday (14 September).

Officers spotted a man walking away from Shaw Street who then ran off. An officer quickly caught up and arrested him nearby.

Following enquiries 48 cannabis plants were found within the property. The illegal grow was dismantled while officers continue with their investigation.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

Sergeant Ian Holmes, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Some people may think the production of cannabis and selling of drugs is a victimless crime, but what people don't realise is the people at the top of the chain will often prey on and exploit vulnerable people, using them to make money with no thought for their welfare.

"We will continue to be relentless in tackling the production of illegal drugs and we remain committed to doing all we can to bring those involved to justice as well as preventing harmful drugs from hitting the streets.

“The production and distribution of drugs has a detrimental impact on communities and wrecks lives. It can also often be linked to more serious organised crime and wider criminality.

“Not only is cannabis growing illegal but it can also be extremely dangerous due to the fire risk where electricity has been bypassed, especially if people are living in adjoining homes. They are also a risk to neighbours as they are often targeted in burglaries and violent property invasions by rival gangs.

"Information from the public is vital in helping us crack down on crime and I'd urge anyone with any information about suspected illegal activity in their community to get in touch with us. "

If people spot something suspicious in their area or have any concerns they are asked to report them to Nottinghamshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls are free, no matter how long the call lasts.