Suspected cannabis factory uncovered in Southsea police raid

Edmund Road in Southsea
Edmund Road in Southsea
Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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DOZENS of cannabis plants have been seized by police during a raid in a residential street.

About 35 adult cannabis plants were uncovered by officers who swooped on the property in Edmund Road, Southsea, early this morning.

Five officers from St Judes and Central Southsea Safer Neighbourhoods Teams who executed a search warrant at the home removed the plants from the scene.

Equipment associated with growing cannabis including a variety of hydroponics, lighting and ventilation equipment was also seized.

Police say the electricity supply to the property had been bypassed.

However the premises has now been made safe.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Local safer neighbourhoods teams maintain an active presence in every neighbourhood to protect communities from the harm caused by the supply and use of illegal drugs.’

No arrests have yet been made, but an investigation is ongoing.

Officers have carried out a leaflet drop in the area and are on-hand to reassure residents.

Anyone with information about illegal drugs in Portsmouth is encouraged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.