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Cannabis factory discovered in Ramsgate but police don

Cannabis factory discovered in Ramsgate but police don

A cannabis factory has been discovered inside a one-bedroom flat in Ramsgate.

More than 50 cannabis plants were found at a first floor property in Belmont Road on May 11.

Officers were called to the address by firefighters just before midnight after the flat beneath suffered flooding.

Crime scene investigators carried out forensic examinations before the factory was dismantled by officers.

Kent Police is now investigating further.

Police uncovered a cannabis factory at a flat in Ramsgate

‘Significant impact on supply of drugs in Thanet’

Det Sgt Heidi Collins said: “This discovery will have had a significant impact on the supply of illegal drugs in Thanet.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish who was running the cannabis factory and we are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has seen suspicious activity in the Belmont Road area of Ramsgate. We would also like to hear from anyone suspecting that a cannabis factory may be operating in their neighbourhood.”

Officers found more than 50 cannabis plants at the factory
Stock image: Officers found more than 50 cannabis plants at the factory

Signs of a cannabis factory can include windows being permanently covered from the inside and visits to the address not matching normal residents’ patterns, that is people calling daily or weekly but only for short periods of time.

DS Collins added: “Often a pungent smell will emanate from the building. Sometimes this even seeps through walls to adjacent properties.

“Other telltale signs can include compost bags and other gardening equipment in the garden or close to the back door without any clear indication of normal gardening, or vents protruding from the roof tiles.”

Anyone with information about the Belmont Road cannabis factory should phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 11-1569.

If you have information about illegal drug supply in your neighbourhood, contact Kent Police on 101 or speak to your local police community support officer.

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