|Cannabis farm found in Pemberton by officers on night patrol
More than 200 cannabis plants have been found at a property in Pemberton by neighbourhood officers on a night patrol in the area.
At around 12.20am on Wednesday 5 October 2011, officers on patrol on Warrington Road in Goose Green noticed a strong smell of cannabis and went into an unlocked property to investigate.
Officers discovered approximately 200 cannabis plants were being grown at the address, which were at various stages of growth. Hydroponics were also seized.
A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and remains in police custody for questioning. Inquiries are ongoing.
Sergeant Peter Clarke from the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "To recover such a large amount of cannabis is a great result for both the police and people in the area. The electricity supply had been illegally tampered with and colleagues from the utilities provider were called out to make the electricity supply safe. This presents additional dangers to our officers.
"I would encourage anyone with information about other potential cannabis farms or those involved in the sale and supply of drugs in the area to get in touch with their neighbourhood policing team.
"All information will be investigated thoroughly and treated in strict confidence. Help us to take more drugs off our streets, along with the individuals responsible for them."
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7188 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.