Published On: Thu, Jun 26th, 2014 on 2:50 pm

West Yorkshire residents to help sniff out crime with cannabis cards

Cannabis Cards West Yorkshire

A graphic shown on the cards, which are being rolled out across the county

Cards that smell like cannabis are being sent out to residents across West Yorkshire to help catch criminals involved in growing it.

Around 12,000 scratch and sniff kits are being distributed in specific postcode areas, which have been recognised as “hot spot” areas where cannabis-related crimes have been committed.

They have been distributed with the help of West Yorkshire Police, who are supporting a nationwide campaign led by Crimestoppers for a second year.

Crimestoppers director of operations, Roger Critchell, said: “The scratch and sniff cards were well-received last year, a fact that was supported by the increase in information we received in the weeks after the campaign launched.”

The kits contain scratch and sniff cards and information which will help people recognise the smell of cannabis, and what to do and who to contact if they suspect that someone is growing the illegal plant near where they live.

It also displays signs to look out for, including a strong and sickly sweet smell, constant lighting day and night and covered off or blocked windows.

Landlords and letting agents have also been urged to be aware of what’s going on in their properties as cannabis farms can be a serious fire risk.

Buildings can be in danger of collapse as walls are often removed to make room for the plants. Landlords and agents may also see their properties reduce in value, and could face prosecution.

Bryan Dent, force drugs coordinator, said: “Organised criminal gangs are often behind the larger cannabis farms and cultivation.

“This will be a warning to them and to anyone else who grows and sells this plant that not only are the Police looking out for them, but their neighbours may be as well.”

The cards contain no drugs.

If you have suspicions that cannabis is being grown near to where you live contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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