Two arrested - cannabis farm, Ritson Street, Toxteth

Two men were arrested following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Toxteth last night (Thursday, 6 December).

At around 11.20pm, officers were called to an address on Ritson Street, to reports of a number of males acting suspiciously around a property on the road.

Police attended and discovered a cannabis farm of 72 plants, inside the property. Officers also recovered a machete during a search.

One man was detained at the scene and a second youth was arrested a short-time later – a 20-year-old man from Toxteth and a 14-year-old male from Aigburth were arrested on suspicion of burglary, cannabis cultivation and possession of a controlled drug and possession of an offensive weapon. Both remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Phil Mahon said: “Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are often involved in other serious organised crime which brings significant harm to those communities. But each seizure represents money being taken from the pockets of criminals and we encourage members of the communities to report any concerns to police.

“Nobody wants to live close to these death traps, so please be aware of the signs that someone may have a cannabis farm near to you and let us know. We will act on all in information to remove them and make the communities safer.”

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
• Strange smells and sounds
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
• Heat from an adjoining property
• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more sinister

Anyone with information on suspected cannabis farms in their area is asked to contact the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.
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