'Drug plants' found after call over broken window
A NEIGHBOUR phoned police to alert them to a property with a broken window – leading to the discovery of a suspected cannabis farm.
Around 150 plants were found when officers went into the empty house, in Melbourne Street, Derby, after being called there at 6.20pm on Monday.
PC Trevor Allt, who spent yesterday helping to dismantle the set-up, said plants of all ages and sizes were found inside, as well as growing equipment and paraphernalia.
He said the electricity at the terraced house had also been bypassed by the alleged drug farmers.
One of the property's next-door neighbours said she and her partner saw four or five police cars parked in the street on Monday night.
She said: "My partner looked out of the window and just said to me, 'there are millions of coppers outside'.
"The house next door was broken into a couple of months back but I've seen no-one go in or out of the property for a while.
"I haven't heard any noises coming from inside or smelled anything strange either."
Inspector Richard Keene is in charge of policing in the Normanton and Pear Tree area.
He said: "We are grateful to any member of the public who alerts us to houses like this.
"We will investigate robustly any calls we receive about drugs possibly being grown in properties in the area."
Officers spent more than six hours dismantling the suspected cannabis farm at the property before securing it yesterday.
Anyone with information that could help police with their inquiries is asked to call 101.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.