Police find more than 300 drug factories in Hampshire

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POLICE uncovered more than 300 cannabis factories in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the past three years, it has been revealed.

Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers show 321 farms where the class B drug was being grown were discovered in this area in the period.

This is significantly lower than many other force areas.

But police are now urging people to shop those they suspect of growing cannabis.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barton said: ‘The report suggests that commercial cultivation of cannabis is not a huge problem for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

‘However, we must not be complacent and we continue to tackle organised crime groups as one of our priorities.

‘One cannot underestimate the misery drugs cause on peoples lives, directly and indirectly and the impact it has on other services too.’

Across the UK 16,393 cannabis factories were discovered by police in the last three years.

Anyone concerned about drug activity in their neighbourhood should call police on 101.