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Police issue tips on spotting cannabis farming after drugs factory found in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 09:41 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 04 June 2013

Cannabis plants like those found in Bromley on Monday night.

Cannabis plants like those found in Bromley on Monday night.

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A large cannabis factory was uncovered by police in Widmore Lodge Road, Bromley on Monday night.

Four rooms in the semi-detached house had been converted to cultivate cannabis, with around 200 plants found at the address.

Police were called at 10pm after the landlord forced entry to the premises and discovered the factory. There have been no arrests to date.

Ch Insp Andy Furphy, of Bromley Police, said: “Cannabis cultivations use a large amount of heating and lighting equipment to force the plants to grow, and this poses a significant fire risk that has the potential to impact on surrounding properties.

“Most factories also illegally abstract large amounts of electricity needed for cultivation, sometimes in the crudest and potentially most dangerous ways.”

Anyone who has any information about who is dealing or cultivating drugs in their area should contact their local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or call 101. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

How to spot cannabis farming:

• Strong and sickly sweet smell

• Large amounts of growing equipment

• Constant covered or blocked off windows

• Visitors at unsociable hours

• Strong and constant lighting day and night

• High levels of heat and condensation

• Constant buzz of ventilation

• Lots of cables

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