Melted snow gives away cannabis factory

John Phillips A CANNABIS factory with more than 100 plants, lights and fans was uncovered after snow melted off its roof. Police raided the abandoned house, sandwiched between snow-covered properties in Fieldway, Dagenham, on Thursday morning. A smaller factory with 15

John Phillips

A CANNABIS factory with more than 100 plants, lights and fans was uncovered after snow melted off its roof.

Police raided the abandoned house, sandwiched between snow-covered properties in Fieldway, Dagenham, on Thursday morning.

A smaller factory with 15 cannabis plants was also found deserted in Lullington Road, Dagenham, on Thursday - days after heavy snowfall brought chaos to the capital.


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Officers from Goresbrook Safer Neighbourhood Team discovered the drugs in the house in Lullington Road, while Becontree Safer Neighbourhood Team joined the operation in Fieldway, nearly a mile away.

Sgt Russell Miller, from Becontree Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "It was a proper factory because it had all the electrics, hydroponics and all the fans.

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"But, afterwards, I'd gone past it and thought it was a giveaway.

"All the roofs were full of snow, all of them except that one house. It was a bit obvious the house was quite hot."

Officers from Goresbrook SNT raided the small abandoned factory after street wardens spotted a partially smashed window.

Cannabis plants were discovered throughout the property in the loft and two rooms just after 10.30am.

PCSO Mike Hayes said: "They had already moved on.

"Everything has been disposed of and the investigation is ongoing."

No one has been arrested yet in connection with the raids.

People who are concerned about possible drugs factories in their communities should contact their safer neighbourhood teams. They can call them on 0300 123 1212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 500 111.

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