Suspicious members of the public alert police to cannabis farms in Wearside

Police have praised alert neighbours on Wearside who helped officers find two cannabis farms in a matter of days.

On Friday, officers were flagged down by a member of the pubic on Hedworth Terrace in Shiney Row amid suspicious activity at a home that was thought to be vacant.

When officers went inside they found a man and a cannabis farm with more than 150 plants at various stages of growth.

A 56-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of producing a Class B drug.

Then on Monday, officers responded to a community tip-off about suspected criminality at a house on Fairy Street, Hetton-le-Hole.

Officers turned up and followed their nose – after noticing a strong smell of cannabis coming from inside and the sound of fans oscillating.

After seeing police at the door, a person from an upstairs window initially refused to let officers inside but it was only a matter of time before the police located a second cannabis farm in the loft with about 20 plants.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of producing a Class B drug.

Sergeant Steve Passey, of Northumbria Police, has praised the community and has encouraged others to get in touch if they suspect drug misuse or supply in their area.

“This was yet another example of how the public can be our eyes and ears,” Sgt Passey said. “On…

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