Sniffing out crime

Thames Valley Police has successfully closed down a cannabis factory after two officers on the beat noticed an odd smell.

Neighbourhood officers for the area, PC Marc Walters and PC Kevin Hudson-Cook, were out on a routine patrol and smelt cannabis coming from the property.

A warrant was issued and officers forced entry to the property in The Boundary, Oldbrook, at 5.30pm last Thursday and found a sophisticated cannabis cultivation set up and approximately 195 adult cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £97,500.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), also from the neighbourhood team, helped to secure the scene and remove the plants and equipment from the premise.

PC Kevin Hudson-Cook, said: “This is a great example of good old fashioned police work with officers walking the beat and literally sniffing out trouble. These plants were ready for harvest and could have ended up being sold on the streets of Milton Keynes within weeks.

“As always we need local residents to contact us if they have any suspicions about a property being used as a cannabis factory in their street. We rely on community intelligence for raids such as this and we need their help to stamp it out.”

Police are expecting to make a number of arrests in connection with the seizure.