‘Pot’ plant growers targeted

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Suffolk has been targeted as a cannabis growing hot spot in a crime fighting campaign.

The crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and police forces in hot spot counties are distributing scratch and sniff cards to help people identify cannabis farms by the growing plant’s distinctive smell.

It also advises people to look for constantly covered windows, visitors at unsociable hours, constant lighting, high levels of heat and condensation, lots of cables and the constant buzz of ventilation.

Crimestoppers says 46 farms were found in Suffolk between 2010 and 2012.

It warns farms are increasingly being sited in residential areas where tampering with electricity supplies and the constant use of high intensity lights means they are a fire risk to nearby homes.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org