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Giant 6ft cannabis plant seized in Weston-super-Mare house raid is 'largest ever' in Somerset

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

  • Photos from Avon and Somerset Police showing some of the items seized during this morning's raid in Weston-super-Mare

  • Photos from Avon and Somerset Police showing some of the items seized during this morning's raid in Weston-super-Mare

  • Photos from Avon and Somerset Police showing some of the items seized during this morning's raid in Weston-super-Mare

  • Photos from Avon and Somerset Police showing some of the items seized during this morning's raid in Weston-super-Mare

A giant cannabis plant that outgrew a six-foot garden fence was among a haul of drugs seized by police during a raid on two Weston-super-Mare houses this morning.

Avon and Somerset Police believe the plant, which was found growing in the garden of a property in Brue Close, is the largest ever found in the force area.

Officers said that, inside the house, cannabis bud was found drying next to radiators and on a clothes airer.

In a similar raid on a neighbouring property in Brue Close, police found a partially cultivated plant in the garden with the buds found in jars inside the house.

Weapons including a baseball bat, two sets of scales and cash were also seized, police said.

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 – the scales, the money, the weapons – you can see it is not a harmless pastime."

Police said a 55-year-old man and a 49-year-old man were arrested following the raids.

Anyone with information or suspicions about cannabis cultivation should call police on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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