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Do you have a cannabis factory next door? Here are the tell-tale signs after a police raid near Canterbury discovers more than 120 plants

PUBLISHED: 13:26 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 13 March 2017

Cannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent Police

Cannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent Police

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Police found the factory at a rented property in Harbledown

Cannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent PoliceCannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent Police

Police raiding a property near Canterbury have discovered a major cannabis factory in a rented house.

Officers raided the property in Lanfranc Gardens in Harbledown at 8am on Sunday, March 12.

There they discovered 121 cannabis plants and 50 seedlings along with extensive cultivation equipment.

Crime scene investigators carried out forensic examinations at the house before the factory was dismantled.

Cannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent PoliceCannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent Police

PC Chris Birmingham said: “Investigations are now ongoing to establish who was running the cannabis factory and we urge anyone who has seen people or vehicles coming and going from the house to contact us.”

The raid was led by Kent Police’s vulnerability action team, formed to identify and deal with community concerns over residential drug use and supply and any anti-social behaviour associated with it.

PC Birmingham said: “We take illegal drug use and supply extremely seriously and urge people worried about drugs in their neighbourhood to tell us so we can take action.”

The team wants to hear from anyone suspecting that a cannabis factory may be operating in their area.

Cannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent PoliceCannabis factory in Harbledown. Pictures: Kent Police

Signs of a cannabis factory can include the windows being permanently covered from the inside and visits to the address not matching normal residents’ patterns, that is people calling daily or weekly but only for short periods of time.

Often a pungent smell will emanate from the building. Sometimes this even seeps through walls to adjacent properties.

Other telltale signs can include compost bags and other gardening equipment in the garden or close to the back door without any clear indication of normal gardening, or vents protruding from the roof tiles.

Anyone with information about the cannabis factory in Lanfranc Gardens should phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 12-0332.

People with information about illegal drug use and supply in their communities are urged to contact Kent Police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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