Plants and stolen digger are seized in police drugs raid

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 January 2013

40 cannabis plants were seized by police at a home in Highbridge.

40 cannabis plants were seized by police at a home in Highbridge.

Avon and Somerset police

A TOTAL of 40 cannabis plants were seized by police from a home in Highbridge last Friday.

Officers from Burnham Police Station carried out a search warrant after a tip-off from the public, and a 37-year-old man was arrested at the scene.

Police also seized a stolen mechanical digger found at the property.

Enquiries at that home led to another search at a neighbour’s house where 13 cannabis plants were seized and two other premises were searched.

A 29-year-old man was later arrested.

The search warrant happened just one day after town residents voted drug crime as their top priority during the Have Your Say meeting.

Sergeant Ian Kennett said: “Individuals involved in drug crime are damaging our communities and often commit further offences such as burglary and theft. None of which will be tolerated.

“Tackling the issues that our communities identify as key remains our priority.

“We carried out more than 40 warrants and searches in the Burnham and Highbridge area in relation to drugs last year and shut down six large scale cannabis factories.”

Inspector Roger Tolley, neighbourhood Inspector for the Sedgemoor area, added: “This kind of crime, which impacts not only on individual victims but the wider community, will not be tolerated.

“It is vital the community continues to talk to us. They are our eyes and ears. We need to know what is happening across the area. I encourage them to keep coming forward with information about what is happening in their neighbourhood.

“We will listen and we will take action, as this operation proves.”

If you have information about illegal activities in your area, you can contact your policing team by calling 101, report it online via or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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