Cannabis set-up found as police act on tip off

Cannabis plants found in Leyland
Cannabis plants found in Leyland

A cannabis-growing operation was discovered as police swooped following a tip off from the local community.

Officers conducted a warrant at an address on Deighton Avenue, Leyland, where they found a small-size cannabis set-up with a number of plants

South Ribble Police said they moved in after receiving intelligence from the local community that cannabis may be in production at the property.

They added that the information was accurate and that it was another excellent result of what can be achieved when communities and police work together.

Sergeant Mark Douglas, of the Leyland Neighbourhood Police Team, said help from members of the public in detecting and dealing with crime was invaluable.

He said “We rely on intelligence from people to make the community they live in safer and a drug-free environment.”

He explained that the seizure was from a 10-plant cultivation process.

Two offenders were arrested. One was referred to a drug treatment programme, the other was fined £90.

Sergeant Douglas added: “We encourage the public to work with us.

“If people want to report anything they can ring us on 101, or they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Lancashire Police’s approach to crime prevention includes the use of community-led information.

It says: “Understanding where crime happens is an important element in preventing crime. It is critical that an intelligence led approach is taken, where agencies understand and can jointly deliver place based initiatives that help to prevent and reduce crime and increase community safety.”