Underground cannabis farm found

April 29 2019

THIS cannabis farm was uncovered by police when they raided a home in Mangotsfield.

The underground cannabis factory found in Mangotsfield. Photo: Avon and Somerset police

A man and a woman were arrested when police with a search warrant arrived at the property in Long Road on April 4.
Officers found 100 plants in a purpose-built area underneath a garage at the address.
The 44-year-old man and 40-year-old woman, both from Mangotsfield, were detained on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis.
Both were released under investigation to allow for further enquiries to take place and had not been charged as the Voice went to press.
The raid was part of Operation Remedy, a series of actions organised by Avon and Somerset police aimed at taking action on what the force says are the three main crime concerns of communities in the area: knife crime, drug misuse and burglary.
Across the force area people suspected of burglary, armed robbery and violent offences have been arrested during the opening days of the operation, which started at the beginning of April.
Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens committed to increasing the number of police officers by 100, funded using a £2 million increase in the money paid by local taxpayers.
The operation aims to improve performance, satisfaction and public confidence in the police, with dedicated officers working alongside local neighbourhood policing teams to tackle knife crime, the supply of illegal drugs and burglary.
Officers have also carried out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in known hot spot areas relating to knife possession and drugs, including in Castle Park and the Bear Pit in Bristol city centre.
The force says Operation Remedy will also focus on crime prevention and working with partner organisations, improving communication, education, early intervention and harm-reduction.
Assistant chief constable Stephen Cullen said: “We’re aware of the national concern around knife crime and more locally burglary and misuse of drugs.
“Thanks to the support of the public and the PCC, we have received a significant investment which we will use to tackle the crimes which most concern our communities.
“Operation Remedy will see an improved service to victims and more offenders brought to justice.”
Anyone with information about the Mangotsfield incident can call the police on 101 and quote the crime reference number 5219 072 663.