Neighbours’ calls lead to drug find
9:30am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
NINE cannabis plants were seized from the garden of a Stratton home in a joint operation by police and council staff on Wednesday.
Calls had been made to Crimestoppers several weeks ago by neighbours concerned about anti-social behaviour inside the Meadowcroft house.
Community beat manager for the Swindon north east neighbourhood policing team, Jack Newman, was called to the scene with an officer from Swindon Council. A PCSO joined them after discovery of the cannabis.
Mr Newman said: “You need to be committed to grow this kind of cannabis, especially outdoors in British weather. It is far easier to buy some off the street, so it takes commitment to tend to this many plants.
“He’s looked after them well and watered them well.
“It was in a garden that wouldn’t be overlooked by other houses or any people. You wouldn’t be able to go to the front of the house and see the plants growing.
“Swindon Council have begun to take an interest in these cases now, especially if they concern houses they own.
“Should someone be convicted of drug offences in one of their properties they can make efforts in reclaiming it for other tenants.
“I am sure the council would say they are always in need of more houses, so it is quite right they should take some action where possible.
“This is a brilliant example of where community intelligence has yielded a positive result,” he added.
Anyone wishing to report a suspected offence should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 58-year-old man is awaiting a court date, likely to be in the next six to eight weeks.