Cannabis plants are seized by police in raid on Havant home

FACTORY 21 Priorsdean Crescent in Leigh Park, the end-of-terrace house where the raid took place.  (120697-3923)
FACTORY 21 Priorsdean Crescent in Leigh Park, the end-of-terrace house where the raid took place. (120697-3923)
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TWO men were arrested after police uncovered a cannabis factory during a raid.

Officers forced their way through the front door of a house in Priorsdean Crescent in Leigh Park where they executed a warrant as shocked residents looked on.

About 11 police officers were involved in the initial warrant at the semi-detached property at about 11.40am yesterday.

Officers discovered more than 50 plants of the class B drugs in two upstairs rooms.

It is not yet known how much the drugs are worth.

Two men from Havant were arrested in connection with the raid and were last night being held in police custody.

A 49-year-old is being held on suspicion of producing cannabis and a 25-year-old is being quizzed on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

Officers spent about five hours at the house where they seized the drugs and associated paraphernalia.

John Cutting, 73, lives nearby and had just returned home from a shopping trip with wife Helen, 72, when police raided the neighbouring property.

Mr Cutting looked on as police took evidence from the house.

He said: ‘You just don’t know who’s next door to you or what they’re doing. It’s worrying.

‘The only drugs I’ve ever had are my medical drugs. I disagree with it – so many people have been killed through drugs.

‘It’s a bit worrying really when there’s a cannabis factory next door to you and you don’t know.’

Sergeant Pete Jones from Waterlooville District CID said: ‘Executing warrants like this helps to disrupt the supply and use of drugs in our communities.

‘The cannabis plants have all been securely recovered and will eventually be destroyed.

‘If you have any information about the address, or have concerns about drug use and supply in your neighbourhood, let us know. The more we know about it, the more we can do about it.’

Anyone with information about the address on Priorsdean Crescent is asked to contact Sgt Jones at Waterlooville police station on 101 quoting crime reference number 4412008030.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.