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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Fire risk from drug farms

Nottingham police are urging landlords to continue their surveillance on their rental properties for signs of use as cannabis farms.

They report that 10 per cent of police cannabis farm seizures followed a fire at a rented property, which is a chilling thought.

"Those involved tap into the street lights or use electricity lawfully but it's a rented property and the landlord will know that a large amount of electricity is being used.

"I would urge landlords to let us know if they have suspicions."

The Notts Fire and Rescue Service commented on the dangers "Cannabis growing is a very dangerous practice that puts lives in serious danger.

"We often find that electrical supplies have been interrupted which makes it particularly dangerous to firefighters and other emergency services at the scene.

"In addition, fires resulting from cannabis growth often affect the lofts of houses which mean they can easily spread to adjoining properties.

Landlords need to keep a keep close surveillance if they have any suspicions that their tenants aren't just cooking up beans on toast in their rental property.

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