Security guard uncovers cannabis farm growing in Bromley park
PUBLISHED: 09:34 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:34 11 October 2013
A sharp-eyed security guard was left "shocked" after stumbling across a cannabis farm growing in a Bromley park.
Nicola Ward was walking the grounds of St Pauls Cray Hill Country Park, off of Star Lane, when she spotted a small tent.
The Ward Security guard thought it may have been someone camping, but on closer inspection she uncovered around 60 cannabis plants.
She said: “The awning was in a fairly tucked away spot and my first thought was someone must be camping.
“I made my way to what looked like a tent and was shocked to see a large cluster of cannabis plants. Naturally, my first action was to report the hoard to the police.”
It is unusual to find such farms outdoors, says Toby Smith, parks and operations and security manager at Bromley Council.
He added: “We are very impressed with Nicola’s vigilance. This mini cannabis farm was located way off the beaten track, yet Nicola’s sharp eyes picked up on the fact that something was wrong.
“Illegal cannabis cultivation is more usually carried out indoors and it’s very rare for a farm to be tended on public land in this way.”
The plants have since been removed from the site and destroyed by police, according to the council.
Cllr Tim Stevens, executive for public protection and safety, said: “This is a fine example of partnership working. Ward Security patrol our parks to keep people in the borough safe and we applaud their vigilance and quick thinking in such matters.”