Cannabis factory found in Hatfield after man spotted trying to break into house

PUBLISHED: 13:41 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 06 September 2018

Police discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. 
Picture: Herts Police

Police discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. Picture: Herts Police

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for information after officers discovered a cannabis factory in Hatfield, which would have had drugs with a street value of more than £50,000.

Police discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. 
Picture: Herts PolicePolice discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. Picture: Herts Police

The factory was discovered in Bishops Rise.

When officers went in, they found about 50 plants in one of the rooms.

In another two rooms, plants had already been harvested but it is thought that there would have been about 150 at one point.

Police have put the estimated street value of the 150 plants at about £50,000.

Police discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. 
Picture: Herts PolicePolice discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. Picture: Herts Police

What drew their attention to the road was when they were called at 6.25pm on Tuesday, August 28, to reports of a man breaking into a house in Bishops Rise.

A police spokeswoman said: “Officers attended the scene, and found that the property was arranged for the production of cannabis.

“A 35-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of burglary and being concerned in the production of a controlled drug.

“He was released without charge, and detained by immigration.

Police discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. 
Picture: Herts PolicePolice discovered a cannabis factory in Bishops Rise, Hatfield. Picture: Herts Police

“Officers are continuing to investigate the production of the cannabis and anyone who has information that can help with the investigation, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101.”

Detective Sergeant David Walker from the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to tackling drug crime and I am pleased that we have been able to prevent a large amount of drugs from being sold on the streets.”

DS Walker is asking the public to help police tackle drug crime by looking out for the following signs that cannabis is being grown:

•A strong and sickly sweet smell

•Lighting and ventilation equipment being taken into the house

•Windows always covered or blocked off

•People coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see

•Strong and constant lighting at all hours

•High levels of condensation

•Constant buzz of ventilation equipment

•Lots of power cables around the property

If you have information that could help police with their investigation into the Bishops Rise cannabis factory, call 101 quoting crime reference 41/31704/18.

Suspected drug use can be reported via the police non-emergency number 101 or by dialling 999 in an emergency.

You can also use the Constabulary’s online reporting form at www.contacthertspolice.uk/Report. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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