Police appealing for information on cannabis factory

Kent Police are appealing for information after a cannabis factory was discovered in Ramsgate.

Officers were called to the flat in Belmont Road by the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, after a ground floor flat suffered flooding.

More than 50 cannabis plants were discovered in the first floor flat, crime scene investigators carried out forensic investigations before the factory was destroyed by police.

More than 50 plants discovered

Detective Sergeant 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.’

Signs to look out for in a cannabis factory can be:

  • Windows of properties being permanently covered from the inside.
  • Visits to the address not  matching normal residents patterns.

DS Collins said: ‘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.