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999 caller held for alleged cannabis farm offence

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: July 15, 2009

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A MAN rang 999 for police and ended up being arrested by them 20 minutes later for allegedly growing cannabis at his Torquay flat.

Officers went to an address in Willow Avenue, Watcombe, on Monday evening after being alerted by a man who suspected someone was trying to break into his home.

They quizzed a person at the scene — and then followed their noses to a second floor flat after catching a whiff of a 'familiar smell'.

There they reportedly found 47 cannabis plants and hydroponic growing equipment, all of which were seized and taken to Torquay Police Station.

They also took with them a 47-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of cultivating a Class B drug.

Sgt Steve Rooke of Torbay Police said: "We received a 999 call at 6.30pm from someone anxious about a possible intruder. We attended an address where we spoke to someone and also detected a familiar smell."

He added: "With the information we received we then knocked on the door of the original complainant.

"We looked inside one bedroom and saw there was a little forest in there. A man was then arrested at 6.50pm for a drugs offence."

The man was quizzed and then released on police bail till September 30.

Sgt Rooke said the seized cannabis plants, some of them found in a cupboard, were photographed and then destroyed.

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