Police to target cannabis growers across the North West
Published: 5th Mar 2012 06:30:29
Police from across the North West are launching a month-long crackdown on cannabis cultivation.
More than 5,000 cannabis factories have been uncovered across the region in the last three years, police said.
They contained over 345,000 plants with an estimated street value of £140m.
Operation Broadley will see police in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, North Wales and Cumbria working together.
They will work alongside officers from Titan, the north west regional organised crime unit, and have asked the public to act as their "eyes and ears".
Det Supt John Lyons, from Titan, said: "Cannabis is not the harmless drug it is often perceived to be and is the most-used illegal drug in the UK.
"An increasing number of people who grow cannabis are directly funding dangerous, organised criminal gangs. These gangs are often responsible for gun crime, violence and intimidation across the North West.
"We appeal to anyone with any information about cannabis cultivation in their area to make contact during this month of action and beyond."
Police say tighter border controls have led dealers to grow marijuana plants in the UK rather than import it.
Cannabis cultivation offences involving 10 or more plants increased by 16% in Greater Manchester last year.
In Merseyside, there have been 1,214 people arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis in hundreds of raids in the last three years.
And in Lancashire, 485 cannabis farms were discovered between October 2010 and December 2011.
Cannabis was reclassified from a class C to a class B drug in 2009, with dealers caught selling the drug facing up to 14 years in prison.
Possession can lead to anything from an £80 on-the-spot fine up to five years imprisonment.
At 12:58:39 in EnglandA poem about the killing of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in north London was written by the man accused of his murder, a court has heard.
At 12:58:21 in SportKent have announced a pre-interest and pre-tax profit of £156,778 for the financial year to November 2013.
At 12:56:04 in ScotlandA hamster has been found abandoned inside a plastic play tube in Edinburgh.
At 12:55:09 in BusinessThe sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
At 12:54:04 in HeadlinesIndia's Supreme Court has ordered the continuing detention of businessman Subrata Roy and asked his firm to come up with a plan to repay its investors.
At 12:53:21 in SportCrystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 by the Football Association and warned about his future conduct for Twitter comments he made in relation to former boss Neil Warnock.
At 12:52:43 in HeadlinesA second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told a court in the capital Pretoria she was awoken by the sounds of a fight early on 14 February 2013.
At 12:42:01 in PoliticsThere is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
At 12:41:48 in EnglandA residential treatment programme for addicts which closed in Yeovil is to reopen after the charity running it merged with another organisation.
At 12:40:03 in ScotlandPolice Scotland has exceeded its target to recruit 1,000 additional officers.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Police to target cannabis growers across the North West [Online] (Updated 5th Mar 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1415577/Police-to-target-cannabis-growers-across-the-North-West [Accessed 9th Mar 2014]
News In Other Categories
Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales has "a sort of mild Alzheimer's", her husband Tim West has revealed in the Radio Times.
The law needs to be changed to stop ticket touts overcharging fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup, an MP has said.
The sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
Apple has unveiled its new iPhone technology for cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
A man in his 40s has been injured during what is believed to have been an attempted armed robbery in County Down.
There is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.