‘Largest ever’ cannabis plant found in Weston garden

PUBLISHED: 11:15 12 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:58 12 October 2012

PC Simon Robinson with the plant

PC Simon Robinson with the plant

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THE LARGEST cannabis plant ever found by Avon and Somerset Constabulary was seized from a property in Weston yesterday (Thurs).

The plant which the force believes is the largest it has ever found in the areaThe plant which the force believes is the largest it has ever found in the area

The record plant scaled a six-foot fence in the garden of a property in Brue Close on the Bournville estate.

Officers raided two neighbouring homes and found the plant along with cannabis bud, weapons, weighing scales and cash.

Two men were arrested, one from each property.

Inside one house, there was cannabis bud drying next to radiators and on a clothes airer.

A 55-year-old man is currently in custody after being arrested for cultivation.

A smaller plant was found in the garden of the property next door, while police found buds in jars.

Weapons including a baseball bat, two sets of scales and cash were also seized from the house and a 49-year-old man was arrested.

Neighbourhood beat manager Andy Vallender said: “While we obviously had information to prompt us going to the houses, we did not expect to find anything like the size of plants and quantity of cannabis.

“People need to understand that cultivating cannabis is against the law and we will act on any information we get about people growing it.

“When you consider the other things seized from one property – the scales, the money, the weapons – you can see it is not a harmless pastime.”

Anyone with information on cannabis production is asked to police on 101.

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