Police raid cannabis farm worth over £820,000 in Tenbury Wells - The Malvern Observer

Police raid cannabis farm worth over £820,000 in Tenbury Wells

Malvern Editorial 18th Jun, 2024 Updated: 18th Jun, 2024   0

A DRUGS warrant executed in Tenbury Wells this morning (Tuesday, June 18) uncovered a cannabis farm of almost 1,000 plants with an estimated street value of £827,400.

West Mercia Police also arrested two suspects at the address on Mill Lane Industrial Estate in Tenbury Wells after discovering around 985 plants of various stages of growth.

The multi-agency warrant included officers from Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Team (NCFT), Tenbury Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), Local Policing Priorities Team (LPPT), County Lines drugs team, police dogs unit and partners at West Midlands Ambulance Service and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue.

The warrant was executed following concerns raised by members of the public which led to intelligence work by officers.

A spokesperson for the NCFT said: “Grows like this one are linked to organised criminal gangs whose actions reap harm on the communities we are here to protect and serve.

“The drugs they sell have a negative impact on our communities and can lead to other criminality, or the harm and exploitation of vulnerable people.

“Shutting down this grow today shows we will not tolerate criminal activity within our communities, and that we will act on information provided to us by the public.”

Chief Inspector Alexander Denny, the first Home Office-appointed regional National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer (NILO) was present for the raid.

He worked alongside NILOs from fire and ambulance to make sure risks were mitigated and officers were kept safe from harm in a live situation.

Ch Insp Denny said: “It was good to deploy with NILOs from partner agencies today, the first time this role has been deployed for West Mercia Police.

“NILOs play an important and key role in live situations like this one, reducing risk to officers, identifying skills and resources on the go, and working collaboratively to keep everyone safe from harm.

“Due to NILO collaboration Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics deployed with police and were on hand to immediately triage a prisoner who suffered an injury to his hand in his efforts to escape.”

Visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ to report suspected drug activity in your area.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call 0800 555 111.

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