Resident ‘could smell cannabis in the drains’ before thousands of plants found in Derbyshire street

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A resident in a Derbyshire street where thousands of cannabis plants were discovered has said that she could smell it in the drains for years. The huge grow was found spread across 10 rooms of a building in Acton Road, Long Eaton, on Monday, August 22.

A Derbyshire police cordon remained in place as of the morning of Wednesday, August 24, after officers were originally called to reports of a break in at around 11.10pm on August 22. After discovering the far, a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating the plants.

Now one resident in Acton Road said that she had smelled cannabis for years prior to the discovery. The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I have smelled it for years, in the drains. When we bought the house, you could smell it through the drains and could smell it when you walked the dogs.

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“I’m not surprised at all. It does not really worry me though, if they keep it to themselves. You could always smell it, but they just got caught this time, obviously.”

Posting pictures of the huge grow, the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team said it was “easily one of the largest industrial scale grows we have intercepted in recent years”. They urged anyone with information to “give us a bell”.

Police also said in a statement released on Tuesday, August 23, that several men were seen making off from the address shortly before officers arrived, and the force is keen to speak to them as enquiries continue. Meanwhile, other residents in Acton Road said they were unaware of what had happened and were surprised that the grow had been found.

The grow, pictured, was described as "industrial scale".
The grow was described as “industrial scale”.

George Bayliffe said: “I didn’t see anything, but the local WhatsApp groups were going mad, and the gossip has been going mad. It was in a commercial building – it’s a bit much to fit in any of these houses.

“The very fact that we knew nothing about it shows that it’s of no particular concern to us. It’s not like there is loads of suspicious activity going on – we are as surprised as anybody. It was a complete surprise.”

Pictured is Acton Road, Long Eaton.
Acton Road, Long Eaton.

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Nothing surprises me in this place, but nothing like this has ever happened before. I had not heard anything or seen anything. It does not overly worry me either.”

Anyone with information which may help officers with their investigation is urged to contact police on any of the below, non-emergency methods, quoting reference 22*489245:

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the Crimestoppers website.


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