Police raiding a house with a £1million cannabis farm found a man trying to escape out of a window.
A spokesman for the force said: “As officers attended the address, two men were detained, one of whom attempted to escape from a window and 257 plants and equipment were found across four rooms.”
At the scene two 37-year-old men, both of no fixed abode, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production, abstraction of electricity and entering the UK without leave.
The suspects are in custody where they are being spoken to by detectives.
Matt Brown, heads of Merseyside’s specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT), said: “It is good to see that people in our communities are increasingly aware of the signs that cannabis is being grown near to where they live.
“In this case, two men have been arrested and once again, we believe that the electricity had been tampered with, which could so easily have caused devastation to neighbouring residents and businesses, as we see all too often.
“It’s important we continue to dismantle these dangerous locations, which act as a magnet for violent crime, fire and flood risk, so keep telling us if you have suspicions and we’ll make it safe.”
Matt says some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
• Strange smells and sounds
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
• Heat from an adjoining property
• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more sinister
Anyone with information on suspected cannabis growing in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and we will do the rest.