Police officers were summoned to a factory in Hillsborough in Sheffield after people working there noticed the smell of cannabis. It transpired that the aroma had been taken in from outside by air conditioning units.
The officers checked the roof where the units were and “by a process of deduction and much debate” identified the source of the odour: nearby Bradfield Road. They then called at two properties that had been “extensively modified” to grow cannabis. Around £200,000 of cannabis was recovered and there were “forensic opportunities.” Sgt Simon Kirkham of the Sheffield northwest neighbourhood policing team stated that a mail-drop of local residents took place “bringing them up to speed”. He added that “Locals have been brilliant.”
There was a series of arrests in the area over the preceding week where slightly less than a million quid of dope was seized within a half-mile circle in Sheffield. This week in August 2021 had been the police team’s “busiest yet”. A police spokesperson remarked that while “some may not be so appreciative of such seizures,” it caused genuine problems in an area because there would be “rivals pushing for the upper hand, anti-social behaviour, theft of electricity that others have to pay for.”
Earlier in the year, police in Clydebank, six miles from Glasgow, discovered over a thousand cannabis plants. Officers on patrol at around 5:20 am on May 1 smelt cannabis and heard large fans.