Cannabis factory found in Hailsham home

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Police dismantled a cannabis factory after energy company officials became suspicious about how much power was being used at a Hailsham home.

Officers from Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a drugs warrant at the three-bedroom detached house in Mill Road, Hailsham, shortly after 2pm on July 2 after a tip-off from EDF Energy about high electricity use there.

They broke down the door and discovered a cannabis farm along with 115 mature plants. A large amount of propagation equipment was dismantled and seized while the plants, which had an estimated street value of £50,000, were destroyed.

The offenders running the factory had bypassed the electricity meters at the property because of the huge amount of energy needed to keep the propagation system working.

No-one was in the property at the time and officers are working to identify who was involved in running the factory.

Inspector Tony Wakefield said, “Cannabis farms come in all shapes and sizes, from being in one room to very large factories.

“On this occasion the property was rented privately and the whole home was used to cultivate plants.

“We need the support of the community to help us tackle this problem. Getting rid of drug factories not only removes them from the area but also helps cut everyone’s electricity bills by dealing with those who are stealing energy.

“If you have any suspicions or concerns about an address in your road I would urge you to report it to us or anonymously to Crimestoppers.”

There are many signs that you can look for that could indicate a property is being used to grow cannabis.

For instance, seeing people bringing in a lot of equipment, including using fans and lighting equipment for irrigation and growbags for planting.

You may notice people coming and going at odd hours and nobody at the property for a long time which could point to criminal activities.

Cannabis has a distinctive strong sickly sweet smell which is very noticeable. Also criminals will often cover up the windows.

If you have suspicions about drug dealing or production in your neighbourhood call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Anyone with information about the Mill Road factory should call 101 quoting serial 0861 of July 2.