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Police seize more than 200 cannabis plants in Maidstone

By Luke May

A report of suspicious activity has helped bust a cannabis farm in Maidstone.

Police stormed a property in Cross Street yesterday after receiving a call from a member of the public.

Inside, they discovered more than 200 cannabis plants growing in the home's cellar and a first floor room.

More than 200 plants were seized from a house in Cross Street, Maidstone, on Tuesday, December 2.

An investigation is now underway to establish who was behind the factory, after growing equipment was also found inside.

Police have issued advice to help the public spot a potential cannabis farm.

Aside from a smell coming from the property, covered windows and vents protruding from roof tiles are potential signs.

A spokesman said: "Other indicators include compost bags and other gardening equipment in the garden or close to the back door without any clear indication of normal gardening activity , and people calling at the address daily or weekly, but only for short periods of time."

Residents suspecting there is a cannabis factory nearby can call their local PCSO, or Kent Police on 101.

To help with the investigation into the Cross Street factory, call 01622 604100 quoting reference 02-0471, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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