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Canterbury: Cannabis factory discovered in Lanfranc Gardens in Harbledown


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A cannabis factory has been uncovered in a rented house.

More than 120 plants and 50 seedlings, along with extensive cultivation equipment, were discovered when police raided the home in Lanfranc Gardens in Harbledown, just ouside of Canterbury.

Officers carried out a search warrant at 8am yesterday but the people running the factory have not yet been found.

Police discovered 121 cannabis plants and 50 seedlings along with extensive cultivation equipment in Lanfranc Gardens in Harbledown.
Police discovered 121 cannabis plants and 50 seedlings along with extensive cultivation equipment in Lanfranc Gardens in Harbledown.

Forensic examinations were carried out before the factory was dismantled.

PC Chris Birmingham said: "Investigations are now ongoing to establish who was running the cannabis factory and we urge anyone who has seen people or vehicles coming and going from the house to contact us.

"We take illegal drug use and supply extremely seriously and urge people worried about drugs in their neighbourhood to tell us so we can take action."

The team wants to hear from anyone suspecting that a cannabis factory may be operating in their area.

Signs of a cannabis factory can include the windows being permanently covered from the inside, regular visits where people only stay for short periods of time, a pungent smell, compost bags and gardening equipment close to the house with no signs of gardening or vents on the roof tiles.

Anyone with information about the cannabis factory in Lanfranc Gardens should phone police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 12-0332.

People with information about illegal drug use and supply in their communities are urged to contact Kent Police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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