Cannabis worth £20,000 seized in raid

Cannabis factory in Richards Road, Heeley
Cannabis factory in Richards Road, Heeley
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POLICE seized scores of cannabis plants from a loft in Sheffield yesterday, after neighbours became suspicious of activities at an ordinary terrace house.

A man was arrested after officers raided an address on Richards Road, Heeley.

Inspector Ian Stubbs, of the Woodseats and Gleadless Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said about 50 to 100 plants with an estimated street value of between £10,000 and £20,000 were grown in the loft.

“This is a significant find,” Insp Stubbs said. “It is particularly pleasing the operation was executed because of information gained from the community.

“We are trying to encourage people to come forward with information if they have these kinds of suspicions.”

He said residents became concerned at frequent visits to the address and the smell of cannabis wafting from the building.

“After the information came through we did some digging and got a warrant and this is the result,” he said.

Officers who raided the end-terrace house yesterday found “an organised production set-up” in a small loft, with UV lights and plastic screens.

A man was arrested and was still in custody last night. Forensics officers remained at the property yesterday afternoon.

Police were unable to enter the loft initially because of fears about the safety of wiring.

The raid was the Woodseats and Gleadless Valley team’s biggest haul since a property in Meersbrook was raided last October.

Four hundred plants were found on that occasion.

To report a crime call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020.