Cannabis farm busted in Walker after calls from local residents
25 Jul 2018 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
A cannabis farm has been busted by police after concerned local residents reported the criminal activity.
The farm contained 16 mature plants was busted at an address on Oldfield Road in Walker this morning after a warrant was executed by police.
Neighbourhood officers carried out the raid at around 9am and the 45-year-old male occupant was arrested.
Sergeant Tracy Cook, who heads up the neighbourhood team in Walker, said that the drugs bust wouldn’t have been possible without reports from the local community.
She said: “This is quite a substantial farm considering it is a residential property and it is all down to the actions of local residents.
“We received more than one call about suspicious activity at the address in question and once we had built up a sufficient intelligence picture we could execute a warrant.
“The plants will now be destroyed and a full investigation will be carried out to establish exactly who has been involved in the production of the plants.
“We will now be working with the local authority and Your homes Newcastle to establish if any further action will be taken against the tenants.
“Hopefully results like this can encourage local people to continue to report incidents to police.
“Our communities are the eyes and ears on the ground. We can’t be everywhere and we need your help to take farms like these out of production.”
Anyone who has intelligence about criminal activity in their local community can report it by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
You can also report an incident, or any suspicious activity, online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.