Hinderwell cannabis farm uncovered

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A “PROFESSIONAL” cannabis farm was discovered at a property in Hinderwell on 30 May.

A 29-year-old male from Doncaster was arrested after Whitby Police executed a warrant at the rented property.

Sergeant John Webb of Whitby Police said that over 50 mature cannabis plants were discovered, with the potential for yields of up to ten of thousands of pounds.

He added: “It was the professional kind you see on the TV, there was a lot of money to be made from it.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen a proper organised set up like that.”

The raid was able to take place after a Whitby Safer Neighbourhood team, led by PC Darren Mortimer, gathered local intelligence about suspicious activity at the address.

The suspect is not local and to passers-by the address appeared unoccupied, but it had in fact been converted into a sophisticated cannabis farm.

Officers from Whitby, assisted by specialist search officers from Scarborough, uncovered hydroponics, a heated lighting system and ventilation systems and filters, used to remove the unmistakable smell.

This meant that the landlord was completely unaware of what was taking place at his property.

PC Webb said: “He’s been looking for a new tenant and rented the house.

“Then the next thing he knows, he has us knocking on his doors.”

The suspect has been released on police bail while the drugs are examined.

If anyone has any information about suspicious activities relating to drugs they should contact Whitby Police by calling 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.