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£1.2M of cannabis plants found as police shut down ten drug farms across Crawley

With reports over the last two weeks about police raiding addresses and seen digging up gardens it has now been revealed what was happening.

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Police have carried out a series of drugs warrants at addresses in Crawley as part of an investigation into cannabis cultivation sites.

On Sunday 2 February police were called to a report of intruders at an address in Tennyson Close, Crawley. Officers found some 800 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation at the address, together with equipment used for their cultivation. Two men, aged 38 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and after being interviewed were released under investigation.

Drugs warrants were then executed at nine other addresses. At every one equipment for cannabis production was also found, and at eight of the addresses cannabis in various stages of cultivation was also found:

At an address in Cowfold Close on Thursday 6 February 110 cannabis plants were found:

At an address in St Mary’s Drive, Three Bridges, on Monday 10 February some 150 cannabis plants were found. Two men both aged 21 were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation:

On the same afternoon, at an address in Lingfield Drive, Worth, some 100 cannabis plants were found. Two men aged 31 and 27, and a woman aged 35, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation:

At an address in Woodfield Road on Wednesday 12 February no plants were found but a number of people found at the address were interviewed there as part of the ongoing investigation. No arrests were made;

Also on Wednesday 12 February officers at an address in Dobson Road, some 70 mature cannabis plants were found. No arrests were made:

On Thursday 13 February 120 plants were found at three addresses, one in Alpha Road, and two in Forester Road. Nobody was present at any of the three addresses:

And on Friday 14 February warrants were executed at an address in Caburn Heights where 60 plants were discovered, and at an address in Gossops Drive a large number of plants was also found. Nobody was at either address.

The seven people arrested and released under investigation were also referred to Immigration Enforcement for further enquiries about their status in the UK.

Four other people found at two of the sites have been referred to specialist support services as potential victims of modern slavery, and two other men, aged 31 and 32, from London E15, have been interviewed by appointment under caution on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

The total potential value of the more than 1,400 plants seized is currently assessed as some £1.2 million.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said;

“We have completely disrupted a fully planned commercial project which appears to have been operating for several months, and was aimed at bringing illegal drugs on to the streets of Crawley and the surrounding area on a large scale.

“This is a large scale investigation in which we have had support from police and staff of our Crawley Prevention Enforcement Team, and also from colleagues across West Sussex as well as the force’s new Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU).

“However our enquiries are continuing to trace other people we suspect of being involved in the organisation and management of these sites. Information from local people has already been key in exposing this project, and anyone with further information can contact us at any time either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Forfar.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Education

Does your family know about the FREE lessons, quiz & games website for 7-14-year-old from UK Power Networks?

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A free website designed to help children stay safe around electricity has seen its visitor numbers rise by more than 90% in the past week.

UK Power Networks, who deliver electricity to 8.3million customers across the South East, East of England and London, hosts its educational website at http://powerup.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup/en/.

Hundreds of families have logged on each day and a Facebook post about the site was shared more than 550 times.

The ‘Power Up’ website is packed with lessons for children aged 7-14 including fun games and quizzes as well as safety guidance on the potential dangers of electricity.

With schools closed because of the coronavirus, many parents are having to teach their children at home and the site, which includes lesson plans for teachers, is a great way to introduce electricity as a topic.


There are special sections for under-11s and over-11s with the older age group given more detail about how electricity reaches homes and how to stay safe around overhead power lines including a ‘spot the hazard’ game and a Power Up quiz.

Emma Palmer, who heads up safety communications at UK Power Networks, said:

“It’s nice to be able to share some good news at this difficult time for everybody. With so much home schooling taking place, Power Up has seen a significant rise in traffic and we have lots of fun resources there for parents and children to enjoy together.

“Because of the current travel restrictions due to coronavirus we haven’t been able to do our usual engagement with children in schools and at other events, so it’s fantastic that the information is still being used to help everyone to stay safe around electricity and we hope even more families will take advantage of it.”

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