Police carrying out proactive patrols and working on intelligence from the community have uncovered a large cannabis growing operation in Wickford.
Officers from Basildon Community Policing Team were carrying out foot patrols in Heron Avenue yesterday afternoon, Sunday May 2, when they heard noises coming from an industrial unit.
Believing a commercial burglary may be taking place, they entered the building.
Inside they found 200 plants with an estimated value of £100,000 and arrested two men – a 25 year-old on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and abstracting electricity and a 45 year-old man on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.
Sergeant Jane Childs, from Basildon CPT, said: “We had been patrolling this area to ensure businesses were safe but also because we’d had information relating to the cultivation of drugs here.
“During these patrols the officers worked on their instincts and their suspicions to uncover the grow and ensured the drugs will never make their way onto the streets.
“Your Community Policing Teams are working hard every day to provide a visible police presence as well as deterring and detecting crime and all this is making the Basildon district an even safer place to live and work”.
Chief Inspector Chris Bradford, District Commander for Basildon, said: “This was a really great piece of work by my community officers.
“It shows the importance of information from the public about issues and concerns they have, or suspicious activity they have seen.
“It helps us make informed decisions about where to focus our resources and where to target our patrols.
“Information from the public is essential and I need communities across the Basildon district to continue to report intelligence to us.
“While you’re at home my officers are continuing to be out proactive patrolling your community and this is another fantastic example of how we’re protecting and serving Essex.”