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Scratch 'n' sniff cards latest police weapon in bid to beat cannabis growers

A hard-hitting campaign has been jointly launched by Cumbria police and Crimestoppers today, in an attempt to crack down on cannabis.

Cannabis plant photo
A cannabis plant

This is the second phase of the crime-fighting charity's campaign against the cultivation of the drug, and will see Crimestoppers working with 17 police forces including Cumbria.

Residents across the county are being encouraged to "shop their neighbours" if they suspect them of growing cannabis.

As part of this, officers in Cumbria will be handing out 10,000 scratch 'n' sniff cards to help the public know what signs to spot and how to recognise the specific smell of cannabis when it is growing.

Detective Inspector Mike Taylor, from Cumbria Constabulary, said: “I fully support this campaign by Crimestoppers, which aims to educate people about cannabis cultivation. The campaign is not about targeting those who use cannabis on a personal level, it is about tackling organised crime groups who grow and sell cannabis on a large scale, which has negative consequences for entire communities.

“Many people don’t realise that the smell of cannabis being grown smells different to when it is smoked. We are hoping this Crimestoppers campaign will encourage people to come forward with information which could lead to us locating cannabis farms.

"These are usually in a rural location and involve cannabis being grown on an industrial scale. Cannabis farms are run by organised crime groups, which are made up of individuals who are focused solely on money with no regard for the misery caused through criminality."

Mark Clement, safer communities manager at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, added: “As well as cannabis cultivation being a criminal offence and having the potential associated issues such as trafficking and gun crime, it carries with it other less well-documented problems too.

“With lighting and heating being used in growing the drug there are serious fire risks, especially as these heating and lighting sources are often rudimentary and enclosed in confined spaces without any thought given to the dangers.

"In 2012 a house fire at a property in Millom was caused by cannabis cultivation so our firefighters have seen first-hand the damage it can cause."

Have your say

When was the last time someone under the influence of cannabis glassed someone on botchergate? Or raped a woman on her way home? Or countless other things that alcohol causes?

Move with the times - alcohol is a far bigger threat to our community than pot.

As for "grassing", I like my knee caps as they are, thank you. Legalise it, take the harder drug dealers out of the cannabis scene.

Posted by Someone on 4 July 2014 at 15:58

as for some1 growing a plant or 2 for self use with pain etc, or somedone who is repeat alchol trouble offender id say youd be worse off taken the plant off some as probly the weekend after he will be off the head more with drink and more likely to smash your windows for grassing than be there normal chilld out sell. never known anyone fight pee in street smash windows cause trouble with Drink''............ a joint= hmmm get back to ya on thatn, FACT

THERES NO BIG FISH SELLING BLOW stop wasting moneyon scum grassers
oh and by the way i dont toot the bongy

Posted by victor on 2 July 2014 at 19:49

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