Cannabis farm put lives of family at risk

A cannabis leaf at the rear of a house on Lichfield Grove

A cannabis leaf at the rear of a house on Lichfield Grove

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POLICE are continuing their investigation into the discovery of a cannabis farm found in a Wigan home that almost triggered an explosion in the house next door.

Officials have blasted the selfishness of those responsible for cultivating the drugs at the Lichfield Grove semi-detached house, which put the lives of a young mum and her two children at risk.

Exterior of a house on Lichfield Grove, Ashton-in-Makerfield, where a cannabis farm nearly caused a fire to neighbouring property

Exterior of a house on Lichfield Grove, Ashton-in-Makerfield, where a cannabis farm nearly caused a fire to neighbouring property

The woman reported the issue to her landlord when she detected a funny smell coming from her electricity box. He found it was overheating and the fire service and engineers from Electricity North West were called to the scene.

A rising temperature of 370 degrees was recorded and it was found that an over supply of electricity was the cause.

Firefighters broke into the house nextdoor – which was empty at the time – and discovered a cannabis farm, with the strong lighting and heating needed for that to grow linked with the problem.

It’s believed the young family was put at serious risk with their electricity and gas supplies close together in their home.

We are now trying to locate the occupants of the property and ask anyone with any information to contact us as soon as they can

Police spokesman

Neighbours say the house where the cannabis farm, which consisted of over 30 plants, was found was rented by a man in his 30s and his girlfriend.

One resident, who asked not to be named, told the Evening Post: “I’ve seen things going in and out the house but I just assumed they were decorating or something.”

A police spokesman said: “Nobody was in the house where the cannabis farm was found and as a result no arrests have been made.

“We are now trying to locate the occupants of the property and ask anyone with any information to contact us as soon as they can.”

A spokesperson for Electricity North West, added: “Our engineers were called to Lichfield Grove, Wigan after receiving reports from a customer that their electricity service in their home was overheating.

“Onsite our engineers discovered that this was caused by an increase in demand in electricity on the power network. Our engineers removed power supplies to around 20 local residents at 11.50pm last night to ensure work was carried out safely and power was restored shortly after at 12.20am.

“The police were notified and our revenue protection unit will now carry out a full investigation.

“If customers would like any further information they can contact us 24/7 on 0800 195 4141 or follow us @ElectricityNW.”