Landlord’s fury over police drug inaction

Inside the house in Spelding Drive
Inside the house in Spelding Drive
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A WIGAN landlord is livid that his property has been destroyed by an alleged cannabis farm - and the police cannot do anything about it.

Bill Glover, who rents out a house in Spelding Drive, Standish Lower Ground, was dismayed to discover his tenant had installed hydroponics (equipment which could be for the use of growing and cultivating the drug).

Exterior of the house in Spelding Drive, Standish-Lower-Ground

Exterior of the house in Spelding Drive, Standish-Lower-Ground

But when he called the police, as no plants were found, officers could take no action, as it could not be proven the apparatus was used for illegal purposes.

But officers did make a referral to utility services in relation to abstracting electricity.

The 75-year-old, who lives in Bryn, said: “I believe a cannabis farm had been set up in my house which I rent out.

“The tenant had not paid rent so I went round and was disgusted at the way the back garden had been left.

I am appalled that this person has trashed my house and got away with it

Bill Glover

“Then a neighbour told me they could smell cannabis. I entered the property and saw all the equipment.

“I called the police and they conducted an investigation. Although the apparatus was there, there was no plants. The police said no offence had been made as anyone can buy equipment from the internet and it could be used for tomato plants.

“But we could certainly smell the cannabis. The house had been trashed, and the tenant had bypassed electricity.

“I am appalled that this person has trashed my house and got away with it.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said that on Sunday June 28, officers received a report of a suspected cannabis farm at Spelding Drive, Standish Lower Ground.

Officers attended and found items there that could potentially be used to cultivate drugs, but there was no trace of any cannabis or other drug at the premises.

Insp Glenn Jones said: “It is not an offence to own hydroponics and there was no evidence that cannabis had been cultivated at the address. However, a referral was made to utility services in relation to abstraction of electricity.

“When dealing with incidents such as this, we have to balance this against other priority needs such as vulnerability and safeguarding issues within the community.”