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Report cannabis growing

Police say a “good proportion” of intelligence comes from the community, and with our helpful guide, you might be able to help clean up your streets by providing information that could lead to arrests.

Growers live in constant fear that their home grown farms will be discovered by police, landlords or rival drug dealers. If there are padlocks on the gates, massive grilles and double and triple locks on the doors, that should raise eyebrows – especially if the street is relatively safe. On bigger, high value farms, portcullises, bars on the windows and even CCTV cameras can be evident.

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It may sound obvious, but most cannabis grows are discovered by passers-by or keen-nosed residents catching a whiff of the drug’s familiar smell. A cannabis crop takes about three months to grow and in the final weeks, the plants stink. Crimestoppers has previously sent out cannabis-farm scratch-and-sniff cards to homes in the UK to help home-owners tell if they live close to a budding farm.

Excessive security

If you suspect there is a drug farm next door, you should always phone the police on 101, and not take your own action.

Report cannabis growing

Not In My Neighbourhood shows the dangers posed by residential cannabis factories and gives advice on action to take.

While some of these offences involve cannabis being produced illegally, a large number relate to innocent members of the community who suffer as a result of offenders targeting the wrong property.

Use the guide below to understand your rights and responsibilities.

Advice for landlords and letting agents

If you own or let a property you need to be aware of your responsibility to ensure cannabis is not grown on your premises.

Those who choose to grow cannabis at home must consider the impact and potential risks involved – not only to themselves and their own property, but also the wider neighbouring community.

Supply of cannabis is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Police can also issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 if you’re found with cannabis.

Signs that could point to a cannabis cultivation include:

Nottinghamshire Police is asking members of the community to look out for signs that cannabis growers are active in their neighbourhood.

Cannabis is a Class B drug. Possession of a Class B drug is punishable by up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.