Men in balaclavas banging on door leads to cannabis farm bust

The Liverpool Echo

A cannabis farm was discovered after a group of men in balaclavas were seen banging on the door of a house.

Officers received a report at around 7.55pm on Monday that masked men were banging on the front and back doors of the property on Poulton Road in Wallasey. It was reported the men later returned to the house and removed the smart doorbell.

Police went to the scene and discovered around 95 cannabis plants growing in four rooms of the property, and growing equipment. The electricity meter had been abstracted without authority. Scottish Power have attended and made the electrics safe.

People living nearby reported police being outside the property for a number of days this week. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said the premises has been made safe by our cannabis dismantling team and our enquiries are ongoing.

Community policing inspector for Wirral, Alan McKeon, said: “Cannabis farms in neighbourhoods such as this pose a real risk to nearby residents who not only have to put up with the anti-social behaviour associated with this criminality, but also the risk of a fire being ignited from illegally extracting electricity. This shows the occupant has a total disregard of the safety of residents living close by.

“It also highlights the importance that we find cannabis farms as quickly as possible. Nobody wants to live close to a potential death-traps such as this, and it is often thanks to people living in the areas affected who tell us about their suspicions, and the proactivity of our officers, that we are able to take action.

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