Cannabis factory uncovered in Portsmouth

Cannabis plants
Cannabis plants
Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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POLICE tweeted ‘we got our man!!’ after uncovering a cannabis factory opposite a school.

About 10 officers acting on intelligence executed a warrant on a lock-up in Port Royal Street, Somers Town, Portsmouth at about 1pm yesterday.

Once inside they discovered about 90 class B cannabis plants were being grown – near Somers Park Primary and Nursery School and two places of worship.

Police say the drugs had a street value of about £2,000.

Officers seized the drugs and associated paraphernalia including powerful lighting and specialist growing equipment.

A 43-year-old Portsmouth man who was at the privately rented property was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the cultivation of cannabis.

Police took to social networking website Twitter to celebrate the news of their raid, posting: ‘Good job today with our response colleagues. Large cannabis factory found in lock up opposite school. We waited, we got our man!!’

PC Geoff Speak said: ‘This is a good find and a good example of community intelligence being used to prevent and detect crime and also to capture offenders,

‘It is an extremely callous act for someone to carry out the production of illegal drugs right next to an infant school and two places of worship.’