Hampshire Police give away compost taken in cannabis raids

DONATION Sue Stokes from Southsea Greenhouse and PCSO Lara Dent with compost seized at a cannabis factory in Portsmouth

DONATION Sue Stokes from Southsea Greenhouse and PCSO Lara Dent with compost seized at a cannabis factory in Portsmouth

  • Three cannabis factories were raided in Southsea
  • Officers donated 14 bags of compost taken from the addresses to a co-operative greenhouse
  • None of the bags were opened or used in growing cannabis
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GARDENERS have got their heads in the clouds after police officers donated more than a dozen bags of compost seized from cannabis factories.

Volunteers at Southsea Greenhouse were delighted with the generous gift when the Eastney and Milton neighbourhood policing team popped round with 14 bags.

It is always great to give something back to the community – especially something that was going to be used in the commission of crime

Sgt Al Cameron

All contained high-quality compost and were seized in police raids on cannabis factories in Southsea last year.

Greenhouse co-operative co-founder Sue Stokes said: ‘When the police first came around and said about the compost from the drugs I said “does that mean you’ll come back in a few weeks to arrest us with anything that crops up?”.

‘But they’re sealed up – high quality organic compost.

‘There’s no seeds or anything to grow in it. If anything does pop up it’s nothing to do with us.’

She added: ‘It’s great and lovely that they didn’t just bin it.’

Some of it has already been used for potting, with more put aside for use in community workshops.

All bags of compost came from three cannabis factories shut by police during the same week of February 2014.

The factories were in Oliver Road, Pretoria Road and Highland Street, all in Southsea.

Sergeant Al Cameron from the Eastney and Milton police team, said: ‘It is always great to give something back to the community – especially something that was going to be used in the commission of crime.

‘It’s nice to know our success in closing down cannabis factories has had a positive effect in more than one way and that we have been able to support a positive project like the Southsea Greenhouse Community 
Co-operative.’

None of the bags had been opened or put to use in growing cannabis.

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