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Police bust cannabis factory set up in swanky Edgbaston home

Police bust cannabis factory set up in swanky Edgbaston home

This is the moment police smashed their way into an house on a leafy Birmingham street and bust a ‘large-scale’ cannabis production operation.

Officers burst into a property on Manor Road North in Edgbaston and found drugs growing in converted rooms at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Around 55 plants – worth in the region of £55,000 – were recovered.

Two males including a 16-year-old boy were arrested. Both remained in custody on Thursday.

Manor Road North in Edgbaston, where a cannabis raid took place.

Homes along the leafy road, lined with large individually-designed homes, cost up to £435,000.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police recovered 55 cannabis plants after executing a warrant at an address in Manor Road North, Edgbaston, at around 3.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 4 July).

“A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and a 28-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug.

“Both remain in police custody questioning.”

Edgbaston Police tweeted after the bust: “Knock knock! Warrant executed at suspected cannabis factory! Large scale cannabis production facility! Subject also under arrest! Great work team.”

Cannabis factories are discovered on a near daily basis across the city, with some set-ups posing a danger to life.

In May, a cannabis factory worth in the region of £750,000 was discovered after officers raided a property in Calder Drive, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield.

The illegal set-up was spread over seven rooms with 240 plants, while another 500 plants were ‘vacuum packed and ready for distribution’.

In March, residents of Carisbrooke House -a tower block in Longbridge – were evacuated for around seven hours after a cannabis farm sparked a fire.

The power supply was cut off to the block and several homes around the site.

Residents were evacuated to the Factory Young People’s Centre, a community centre off Devon Way and Bournville College, where they were provided with hot food and drinks.

The force’s cannabis police team have published tips to help residents spot if they have a potential cannabis factory being grown in their neighbourhood.

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