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Cannabis farm discovered in Seaforth

Merseyside Police discovered a cannabis farm in Seaforth with nearly 450 plants and cropped cannabis.

A warrant was carried out at the property on Sandy Road at 2pm on Friday 8 December.

Officers attended and 447 cannabis plants plus bags of cropped cannabis plants which were ready for distribution were located and recovered by police. The estimated annual yield of the 447 plants would be nearly £1.8m.

Sergeant Gary Sorrell said: “Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime and they often rent residential properties such as this.

“Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.

“The people who set up these farms often tamper with the electricity meters to steal electricity, and there will generally be a number of hot lamps hooked to overloaded electricity sockets as well as an extensive watering system.

“Electricity and water are never a good combination, and the fire service have seen an increase in the number of fires they have been called to as a result of fires caused by the crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms.”

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 any information can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Appeal following theft of shotguns in Formby

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following the theft of two licensed firearms in Formby.

A report was received at about 10pm on Thursday, 7 December that a Browning shotgun and a Beretta shotgun had been taken from a car parked outside the Sparrowhawk Hotel, Southport Old Road in Formby. The owner discovered they had been taken from the Isuzu D-Max 4×4 vehicle at 6pm that day, and they are believed to have been taken between 5-6pm.

Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said: “I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to investigate this theft and recover these stolen firearms. The weapons were legally-owned shotguns which belong to someone who had correctly registered them with the police. However in the wrong hands they are clearly dangerous and getting them back is our top priority.

“The people who have stolen them may not fully appreciate the danger they may be putting themselves and others in by handling these weapons so I would appeal for them to come forward so we can take back possession of them safely.

“I would also urge anyone who knows the people who have got them to think carefully about the risks and implications of handling a firearm. We do not want anyone to come to any harm due to these weapons being misused or falling into the wrong hands so please, do the right thing and call the police.

“If you remember seeing anything suspicious around 5-6pm on Thursday close to the Sparrowhawk Hotel and haven’t yet spoken to the police then please call us on 101 quoting incident reference 0517314995. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Appeal for Information following Assault outside Asda, Derby Road.

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a reported assault in Southport last night (Monday, 4 December).

A call was received at around 9.45pm that a group of youths had attacked a man in his 30s outside Asda on Derby Road, leaving him with leg and facial injuries.

The number of offenders is unknown however they were described as both male and female.

The youths dispersed across London Road and the victim was taken to hospital for further treatment. CCTV enquiries are on-going.

Local Policing Inspector Graham Fisher said: “This was a shocking attack outside a busy supermarket close to a main road. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the police.

“I’m sure people living in the area will be disgusted by this incident so I would appeal for them to help us bring the offenders to justice.

“If you remember seeing anything suspicious, or have heard any information since it happened, then please call us on 101 quoting reference number 0517311954 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Next of Kin appeal for Bootle man with Scandinavian links

Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who recently died in Liverpool.

Alexander Jan C Winter-Hall was 45 years old and died on Thursday, 23 November. He previously lived in Milton Street, Bootle. Mr Winter-Hall lived in Liverpool and previously in Norfolk. He is also believed to have family in Sweden.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Winter-Hall’s death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace any potential next of kin should call 0151 233 0132 or email karen.gregory@liverpool.gov.uk

Next of Kin appeal to trace family of Crosby man

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who recently died in Crosby.

Stuart Greene was 62 years of age and lived in Newborough Avenue.
He died at home on Friday, 24 November.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Greene’s death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace any potential next of kin should call 0151 777 3422 or email Sefton.Coroners.Office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

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