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But how do you know if the house in your street that no one seems to live in is, in fact, a cannabis factory?

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It’s a serious issue that police are fighting to stamp out across the North East – ordinary homes being turned into makeshift cannabis farms as drug dealers grow their own before selling it in the community.

Growers live in constant fear that their home grown farms will be discovered by police, landlords or rival drug dealers. If there are padlocks on the gates, massive grilles and double and triple locks on the doors, that should raise eyebrows – especially if the street is relatively safe. On bigger, high value farms, portcullises, bars on the windows and even CCTV cameras can be evident.

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Many then employ illegal immigrants to ‘farm’ the thousands of plants they grow in every room, often after they have hacked the electricity supply at the mains – so they don’t even end up paying for the heat and light.

Cannabis farms are very dangerous places and pose a serious risk of fire. Often the electricity meter has been bypassed and seriously overloaded electrical circuits run close to water-filled pipes. Plants grown upstairs in a building can also cause floorboards to rot, presenting the danger of collapse.

Criminals are using more inventive ways to conceal cannabis grows – not just in rooms, but in the back of shops and even underground.

In addition it is also important to consider that sometimes the people working in the ‘farms’ are victims of human trafficking and working against their will.

Every cannabis farm we destroy helps prevent a vicious circle. The plants won’t end up as street deals, the profits won’t go on to fund other crime, and they won’t ruin lives or pollute our communities.