scratch and sniff cards posted to Burnham-On-Sea residents
scratch cards are to be posted to households in the Burnham-On-Sea
area in a bid to detect illegal cannabis farms.
which runs the campaign, says it hopes the cards will help people
to recognise the smell of cannabis and report suspected plantations
charity said there has been a 15% rise in the number of cannabis
farms found in homes between 2011 and 2012.
major farm was discovered by police in Burnham last December,
when £600,000 of plants were found, as we reported here.
green and black cards release a scent that replicates the actual
smell of cannabis during its growing state when scratched. They
are being distributed across the Avon and Somerset police area.
Bliss, from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said:
"Many people don't realise that the empty, run-down house
or flat on their street with people coming and going late at night
may actually be a commercial cannabis farm."
not just the stereotype of the remote rural set or disused industrial
estate unit. These farms are often run by organised criminals
[and] they bring crime and anti-social behaviour into local communities
causing real harm and leaving people feeling unsafe."