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Reports of burglary lead to police stumbling on substantial cannabis grow in Lostock Hall

Posted on - 28th December, 2023 - 3:05pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Lostock Hall, Preston News, South Ribble Locations, South Ribble News
Cannabis discovered in Lostock Hall
Cannabis discovered in Lostock Hall

A ‘substantial cannabis grow’ was discovered in Lostock Hall after police were initially called to reports of a burglary.

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Officers from Lancashire Constabulary were called to Watkin Lane in Lostock Hall at around 8.20pm last night (December 27).

Reports had indicated that three men had forced their way into the property before leaving in a silver car. However, when officers arrived, they found a cannabis grow of around 500 plants and evidence to suggest the electricity had been bypassed.

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Police are now appealing for information, dashcam and doorbell footage and say they have made no arrests as enquiries continue.

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Inspector Danny Clough said: “The perception that the cultivation of cannabis is a victimless crime couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that behind the scenes there are often links to organised criminality, violence, and exploitation of vulnerable people.

“Illegal cannabis grows often also put local residents in danger, posing a risk of fire, flood or damage and we are determined to continue to tackle this kind of criminality.”

If you have any information call 101, quoting the log number 1278 of 27th December 2023. 

Operation Warrior is Lancashire Police’s response to tackling serious and organised crime in Lancashire. It aims to target the individuals and gangs involved in crime, as well as associated issues such as violence and intimidation, large scale drug supply, exploitation, and fraud, all of which can cause serious harm to local communities.

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