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Boy, 16, held after cannabis factory found in Southsea

GUARD A police officer and a PCSO outside the house in Highland Street, Southsea, where a cannabis factory was found. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14603-1)

GUARD A police officer and a PCSO outside the house in Highland Street, Southsea, where a cannabis factory was found. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14603-1)

 

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after police uncovered a cannabis factory during a raid at a Southsea home.

Officers forced their way in to the property in Highland Street after receiving concerns from residents that the class B 
drug was being cultivated in the loft.

Police attended the address and searched the house, where they found about 90 cannabis plants.

They also found paraphernalia associated with growing the drug at the two-storey terraced property.

Hampshire police said a 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

It is understood that no-one else was at the property at the time of the raid.

The area surrounding the house was cordoned off with police tape while officers conducted the search following the call-out at about 1.30pm on Tuesday.

An officer guarded the scene overnight and yesterday crime scene investigators visited the house to examine the scene further.

One nearby resident, who has lived in the street for 37 years but did not want to be named for fear of repercussions, said: ‘We haven’t had any trouble round here before.

‘I was in bed and the dog kept barking. I got up to see what she was barking about – there were about four police in the road.

‘It’s just one of those things. The police pushed a leaflet through the door to say there had been some trouble with cannabis but apart from that I haven’t heard anything.

‘When I moved here most of the people had been here for years and years and houses had passed down from their parents but it’s all different now.

‘I don’t know half the people in this road. It’s a shame, really.’

Yesterday the teenager was still being held in police custody.’

 
 
 

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