Cannabis farm is discovered at home

WHITBY Police stumbled upon a haul of drugs, worth “several thousand pounds”, while undertaking routine enquiries.

Last Wednesday evening police officers attended an address at Seaton Crescent in Staithes, close to Seton Primary School, and while speaking to the occupants saw several cannabis plants inside the house.

After searching the address, officers discovered what they described as a “cannabis farm” in the upstairs bedroom, where around 100 plants were being cultivated.

The officers also recovered a quantity of white powder which is believed to be drugs.

Whitby police sergeant John Webb said: “We are pleased to have recovered these drugs and ensured that they have been taken out of circulation.

“This is a substantial amount of cannabis and early estimates have put the street value at several thousand pounds.”

A 32-year-old female and a 34-year-old male who were occupying the address at the time were arrested for possession of the cannabis plants.

They were interviewed by police and have been bailed for further enquiries until February.

In an external report to Whitby Town Council earlier this month, Whitby Police’s chief inspector Andy Colbourne highlighted an increase in reported drugs offences in the Whitby area, but he attributed this to a concerted push by Whitby police.

He added: “We won’t turn a blind eye to drugs and if that means we have to report a rise in offences then that is what we will do.”

Cannabis is still a controlled drug, which makes it a criminal offence to possess or cultivate the plant.

Anyone found in possession of drugs by North Yorkshire Police faces being arrested and prosecuted, along with their homes being searched.