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PCSO in 'drugs factory' hot water

PCSO Zally Huseyen (photograph courtesy of Cambridgeshire Police)
Zally Huseyen's house was giving off large amounts of heat

A police community support officer's Cambridgeshire home was mistakenly targeted as a cannabis factory by a force helicopter's infra-red camera.

The home of Sawston PCSO Zally Huseyen, 46, was emitting so much heat police thought it could be cultivating industrial quantities of the drug.

But officers later found the heat coming from the Lower Cambourne home was because of insufficient insulation.

The firm which built the house said it complies with "all relevant standards".

The force helicopter had been on an unrelated mission when its camera homed in on Mrs Huseyen's Barrett home, which was built by David Wilson Homes five years ago.

'Highest specification'

"After the air operations unit located a heat source at an address, two neighbourhood officers visited the property and found poor loft insulation to be the cause," a police spokeswoman said.

David Bell, managing director for David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: "All David Wilson homes are built to the highest specification and in accordance with all energy efficiency legislation and regulations.

"Each home undergoes a thorough independent inspection before being occupied.

"Since being contacted by Mrs Zally Huseyen regarding concerns over the energy efficiency of her home at Monksfield we have conducted additional investigations, including checking the insulation of the property, which found that the home complies with all the relevant standards."

Fluorescent bulbs are used in cannabis factories to grow the drug, which needs at least eight hours of daylight and temperatures of 15C.




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