Police ask landlords to be aware of cannabis factories

LANDLORDS in Aylesbury Vale are being asked by police to be aware of cannabis factories.

This follows an increase in the number of factories found in the Thames Valley area from 42 in 2006, to 123 discovered so far this year. 12 of these were found in Bucks.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable George Wilson, said: "Following the reclassification of cannabis in 2004, there has been a significant increase in the number of cannabis houses found in the South East region.

"During the last 12 months, Thames Valley Police has seen a marked increase in Vietnamese linked cannabis houses

"In the majority of cases an ordinary terrace or semi-detached house is specifically bought or rented for the sole purpose of growing cannabis. The house is then kitted out with special hydroponic equipment which is then used to produce up to 70,000-worth of cannabis every 11 or 12 weeks.

"These factories can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to the properties. They also pose a danger, as in many cases the electricity is by-passed which could cause electrocution or even a fire. It is also known that in some cases, booby traps have been left in the houses.

"It is in the landlords' interests to keep a close eye on their property and report anything suspicious to the police."