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Landlords are urged to watch for drug farms
8:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Local news
Landlords and neighbours are being urged to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour as it was revealed that nearly 300 cannabis farms have been found in Bradford since the start of 2012.
Up to August 1 this year, 86 were discovered in the Bradford South police division and 69 in Airedale and North Bradford, while in 2012, 85 were found in Bradford South and 58 in Airedale and North Bradford – a total of 298 farms.
Now police are urging people to look out for brightly-lit houses and an unusual pungent smell in the vicinity of the property.
“Occupiers are likely to be coming and going with electrical equipment, bags of compost and fertiliser,” a police spokesman said.
“While the latter would not be an unusual sight if they were being taken to a shed, garage or garden, questions should be asked if they are going through the front door.
“Equally we would ask landlords to be vigilant. Dealers often rent to distance themselves from the property. They may also be reluctant to register utility bills in their own name and often run up high gas and electricity bills.
“We will act on information that is passed to us and, where we suspect the illegal cultivation and supply of cannabis is taking place, we will take positive action to disrupt it.
“If you suspect someone to be growing cannabis near you, please call the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or the non-emergency number 101.”