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Monday, 25 June 2012 (3027906)
Man arrested after cannabis plants seized
by Natasha Young

A 50-YEAR-old man was arrested after 36 cannabis plants were found at his Birkdale business last week.

Neighbourhood police officers arrested the man on suspicion of cannabis cultivation after the plants were seized from the Birkdale Trading Estate unit last Wednesday (June 20) afternoon.

The officers were acting on information from the public that cannabis was being grown in the area, and carried out searches before locating the unit due to the strong smell.

Once inside they found the 36 plants as well as two tents erected to grow them in, and other hydroponic equipment. The 50-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken to Southport police station for questioning. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The plants have been seized for forensic examination and destruction.

Merseyside Police's Ainsdale and Birkdale neighbourhood inspector, Jim Atherton, said: “This was an excellent piece of police work. My officers were acting on information from the community that there was a strong smell of cannabis in the area and after a thorough search, trace the smell back to source. It just goes to show how useful information from the public can be and the action we can take against criminal activity as a result.”

Call 101 to report any suspicious or criminal activity in Formby, Ainsdale and Birkdale or the neighbourhood team on 0151 777 4142.


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