POLICE are increasing patrols and urging victims to come forward, as part of an operation to clamp down on ‘cannabis farm’ fly-tipping.
North Yorkshire Police say they are working closely with local authorities to deal with the illegal dumping of waste associated with cannabis production.
They say ‘selfish criminals’ have been abandoning the remains of ‘cannabis farms’ in rural locations in the county, leaving local authorities and landowners to foot the bill and clear up their mess.
The rubbish can include lamps, wiring, air filters, tubs of fertiliser and dead plants.
Earlier this year, police surveyed more than 75 farmers and landowners in North Yorkshire about fly-tipping – ten of who reported having cannabis waste dumped on their land within the last 12 months.
One said the remains of cannabis farms were being fly-tipped on their land every couple of months.
In response, police are increasing patrols, particularly in remote, rural areas.