More cannabis is seized in police swoop

35-40 cannabis plants were found at a property on North Street by police on Thursday January 17.
35-40 cannabis plants were found at a property on North Street by police on Thursday January 17.

CANNABIS worth thousands of pounds has been seized from a town centre property after police carried out yet another raid on drug producers in Bridlington.

Fifty-eight plants in various stages of production were seized from a house in North Street last Thursday.

Officers from Bridlington’s Neighbourhood Police Team have hailed another “fantastic result” which comes just weeks after three other cannabis factories were raided by police - representing tens of thousands of pounds worth of drugs which have been taken off the streets of Bridlington.

PC Mark Skelton said: “This has been another fantastic result for the Neighbourhood Police Team.

“The information was obtained from members of the public and the reaction to the warrants conducted continues to be very positive.

“We will continue to proactively develop any intelligence received and we will carry on entering premises, by force if necessary, and seek out anyone associating themselves with illegal activities.”

A 27-year-old man was arrested for cannabis production when the town centre property was raided at around 3.45pm on Thursday, January 17. A stun gun was also seized from the address.

Police found the cannabis factory set up over four rooms in the upstairs of the property.

The separate rooms represented different stages of growth, from nursery plants to fully grown plants ready for cultivation.

The factory - made up of sophisticated lighting, heating and ventilation equipment - was dismantled over a period of around four and a half hours.

The value of the cannabis seized is so far unknown, but it is thought be worth several thousand pounds.

In the first week of January, 37 cannabis plants were found at a unit at Bempton Lane Industrial Estate in Flamborough and a further seven at an address on Rudding Drive, Bridlington, as police continued their war on drugs.

Before Christmas, 99 juvenile plants were found at an address in the Well Lane area of town, and police say that the publicity of these raids is leading to more people passing on information about drug production.

Sgt Carl Sweeting, of the Neighbourhood Police Team, thanked members of the public for helping officers get drugs off the streets.

“We have seen a lot of people coming forward because of the high-profile raids we have been carrying out, especially anonymously through Crimestoppers, and I hope that continues,” said Sgt Sweeting.

“Tackling drugs in Bridlington is one of our main aims, and we are grateful for the help of the public.”

The man arrested was subsequently dealt with by officers from CID and was charged with production of cannabis and abstracting electricity, and was remanded in custody before appearing in court.

The 27-year-old was also bailed to attend Bridlington Police Station at a later date in reference to the stun gun.