Neighbours surprise at 'cannabis factory' findBy Jennie Slevin
January 11, 2013
Neighbours have spoken of their surprise after police discovered the suspected remains of a cannabis factory.
Officers raided a home in Crowthorne after they believed they could smell cannabis coming from the bungalow on Friday.
Hydroponic lighting equipment, used in the production of marijuana plants, was found when police searched an outbuilding at the house in Pinewood Avenue.
Kathryn Downey, 37, who moved to the cul-de-sac with her husband and two young daughters last August, said: “We moved here because it’s such a nice neighbourhood.
“The schools are great and there are lots of young families with children.
“It’s very concerning to think that sort of thing could be happening around here.”
Another neighbour said: “This is a very quiet neighbourhood and at this end of the street, if anyone was hanging around you’d know about it.
“It doesn’t really surprise me, because of what goes on these days, not because of this street.
“You see places that are in more well-to-do society than us and they’ve had their share of cannabis factories.”
The neighbour, who lives just a few doors away from the alleged factory added: “It’s a quiet area, people come and go, though. I had no idea. I saw the police cars and wondered what was going on.
“But if I don’t know anything about it why should I be worried about it?”
Sean Mobsby, a 19-year-old student who was at home for the Christmas holiday, said: “I’m annoyed, to think this sort of thing could happen here.”
A 48-year-old man has been cautioned for possession of a class B drug, following his arrest after the raid.