22/07/2015

Cannabis Cultivation Farm Discovered In South Belfast

Police have discovered a cannabis cultivation farm in south Belfast while investigating a burglary.

Detectives were called to the Mealough Road in Carryduff following reports of a burglary.

However, an officer noticed a shed nearby and on closer inspection, found 120 cultivation pots inside aluminium trailers.
News Image
Chief Inspector Derek McCamley said: "These trailers had been fitted out with hydroponics – essentially a very hard to control environment with intense heat and water sources to encourage the rapid growth of the plants.

"This tactic is known to cause an outbreak of fire because the factories are not monitored by the criminal but simply left to grow unchecked. This factory has now been shut down thus depriving criminals any opportunity to build another.

"Again officers in Lisburn and Castlereagh would like to thank the member of the public for alerting us to the original burglary. While it was not connected to the cannabis factory, it did give us an opportunity to remove this harmful structure from within the community."

(CD/JP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 August 2019
Three New Leisure Centres To Open In Belfast
A number of senior appointments have been made as preparations continue for the opening of three new council funded leisure centres in Belfast. The Brook, Andersonstown and Lisnasharragh Leisure Centres will open under the 'Better' brand name early next year, expanding the provision of social enterprise GLL across the city.
23 August 2019
Man Threatened With Knife During Belfast Hijacking
Police are hunting a suspect who wielded a knife in a driver's face during a car hijacking in west Belfast. A man in his 40s was driving his grey SEAT Altea on Osman Street when he was targeted at around 10.25pm on Thursday night, 22 August.
19 August 2019
Child Assaulted In North Belfast
Police in north Belfast are seeking to identify a male suspect in relation to an assault on a child last month. The incident took place on Salisbury Avenue at approximately 7.35pm on Sunday 14 July. An 11-year-old child is believed to have been targeted.
16 August 2019
'Difficult Winter For Many' As Power NI Ups Prices
An SDLP councillor has warned that low income families will be forced into fuel poverty due to a price hike introduced by Power NI. The energy provider will impose the 6% increase from the beginning of October, meaning the typical household customer can expect to be charged an extra £35 a year.
13 August 2019
Tech Firm Chargifi To Create New Jobs In Belfast
More than 40 new jobs are to be created in Belfast by Chargifi a leading provider of cloud-connected wireless charging technology. The firm also announced an investment of £3.6 million in a new Technology and Business Development Hub.