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Cannabis farm discovered in house

7 June 07 09:26 GMT

A cannabis farm has been uncovered by police during a raid on a house in an Aberdeenshire village.

Officers said they had seized a "substantial" number of cannabis plants from the property in Newmachar.

Grampian Police drugs squad raided the detached house in Bakersfield Close at the weekend after receiving a tip-off.

Officers said the property, which had been rented out and was unoccupied, had effectively been turned into a greenhouse for growing plants.

No-one has been charged in connection with the discovery.

The owner of the house Derek Gartshore, who is working in the Far East, described the situation to BBC Scotland as "a complete nightmare" and said he was "shell-shocked".

He said the house was rented though a property agent.

Det Insp Colin Walker said a forensic examination was carried out at the house on Monday and that inquiries were at an early stage.

He said: "Not only is it illegal to cultivate cannabis, but to do so within a domestic property poses serious fire hazards.

"In these type of cultivations a lot of heat is required in conjunction with water to nurture the plants.

"In effect the house is converted into a greenhouse, often bypassing the electrical supply and feeding directly from the mains."

Several cultivations

Mr Walker added that landlords should be extra vigilant regarding any suspicious activity in properties they own.

This, he said, included windows being permanently covered from inside and people visiting the premises at unusual times of day or night.

A Grampian Police spokesman said several cannabis cultivations had been discovered in the north east of Scotland over the last few years.

Residents of the street where the plants were found expressed astonishment at the discovery.

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