Crime Roundup 13/01/12 – £12,000 of Cannabis seized, and a new helpline for Lancashire Constabulary

Posted on - 13th January, 2012 - 9:40am | Author - | Posted in - Crime



Cannabis found in Hopwood Street

Cannabis with an estimated street value of £12,800 has been seized by police in Preston.

32 mature plants were found at the address on Hopwood Street at around 9am on Thursday. The plants were in a bedroom of the house along with a lighting and hydroponic set-up.

Inspector Jill Halliwell from Preston Police said: “We carried out a warrant at this address after residents told us about suspicious activity, including an unusual smell coming from the property.

“We are committed to taking drugs off the streets and this highlights the importance of residents working with us in our fight against crime. If anyone suspects drug use in their community, I would urge them to report it to us so that we can take action.”

No arrests have been made but inquiries are ongoing.


Lancashire Constabulary is using the New Year to remind residents that there is a new number to contact the police to talk about non urgent issues.

Introduced last month, 101 is the new number to ring to report non emergency crimes or incidents, to discuss antisocial behaviour or to speak to the police about a general enquiry.

101 has replaced the old non-emergency number, 0845 1 25 35 45.

Every force in England and Wales has now adopted the new number which is open 24 hours a day.

Supt Damian Darcy from Lancashire Constabulary said: “Everyone knows to ring 999 in an emergency but until recently there was no single memorable number to call for less urgent issues. 101 has changed all that.

“101 makes it much easier for people to contact their local police service wherever they are in England or Wales.

“It has made it much simpler for people to pass on information or seek advice from the police and the early indications here in Lancashire are that it has freed up the 999 system.”

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