POLICE ARE urging the public to be vigilant after they discovered a cannabis farm at an Oldham home powered dangerously with by-passed electricity.
On Thursday 24 February 2016 officers from GMP’S Organised Crime Unit at Oldham executed a warrant at a property on Worseley Street, Glodwick and discovered 184 cannabis plants.
Further investigation found that the electricity had been by-passed.
Two men aged 36 and 35 have been arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and have been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court in March.
Detective Sergeant Richard Arthern of the Organised Crime Unit said: “The danger caused by by-passing electricity is not to be underestimated. It could have caused devastation to a whole street.
“I would urge people to be vigilant and I would ask that you contact police if you have any suspicions about a neighbour or someone you know by-passing electricity.
“We are determined to rid our communities of all drugs but we cannot do this alone and we need the public’s support to provide us with information about illegal activity in their neighbourhood.”
Electricity Northwest Engineer, Ian Whitehead, on his last day of 28 years’ service before retirement, said: “The way this electricity had been by-passed was so dangerous that it was like a bomb waiting to go off.
“The by-pass was done by the side of the gas supply and had the poor wiring system short-circuited, I would have expected the whole row of terraced houses to explode.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9002, 101, or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.