Cannabis farm hidden behind doors of unassuming terraced house in Leicester

Police raided a cannabis farm hidden inside a terrace of houses and arrested two people earlier today.

The officers said the raid took place in a street in the Westcotes area of the city.

As well as a large number of cannabis plants, police said the electricity meter had been bypassed at the house to avoid energy costs.

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The officers said in a tweet this morning: “Result! Local neighbourhood officers conducted a drugs warrant in the Fosse Ward area of Leicester this morning.

“Two arrested and in custody awaiting questioning.”

Officers believe cannabis producers like to use homes in areas to the west of the city centre because the high number of rental homes and rapid population turnover provides cover for them to operate.

The police have appealed directly to landlords, or the agents they pay to manage their affairs, to look in on their homes in the area every three months.

Sgt Ed Jones, of Hinckley Road police, previously told LeicestershireLive: “These places are hiding in plain sight and there is money to be made, sometimes hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“There’s a strong element of community in this area, but there is always a high turnover of people coming and going which makes it ripe for exploitation by cannabis growers.”

Police inspect the plants
Police inspect the plants
(Image: Leicestershire Police)

Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a number of warnings that cannabis farms are notorious fire hazards because the people who set them up often tamper with the electrical supply to bypass the meters.

Tell-tale signs a property is being used for cannabis cultivation include:

  • Excessive fortification
  • Silver duct tape hanging out of windows
  • Blacked-out windows
  • Condensation on windows
  • Peeling wallpaper or mildewed walls
  • A pungent smell
  • Sudden fluctuations in electricity bills
  • Electrical wiring having been tampered with

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