A MAN has appeared in court after up to 500 cannabis plants were discovered at a house in Southport. Police unearthed the drug farm after a planned operation took place in Lathom Road on Monday. A 41-year-old man from Southport was arrested following the raid. Uy Vu, of Lathom Road, was charged with cultivating cannabis and electrical abstraction. He appeared before South Sefton Magistrates’ yesterday. The raid was part of a month-long regional operation targeting cannabis farms across the North West. Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan), alongside the six regional police forces – Merseyside, GMP, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and Cumbria – are involved. In Merseyside 21 addresses were raided on Monday, yielding around 1,180 plants.
A total of 11 people were arrested. Over the next few weeks there will be an increase in police activity to highlight the dangers of cannabis cultivation and urge members of the community who suspect cannabis is being grown in their neighbourhoods to call police. Supt Mark Harrison said: “We’re pleased with the results of our first day of action, and hope this sends out a strong message – if you are involved in the cultivation of cannabis, you should expect a visit from our officers. “The public of the North West are our eyes and ears and we appeal to anyone with any information about cannabis cultivation in their area to make contact during this month of action and beyond. “We will act on all information provided to us to ensure that those involved in the cultivation of cannabis are brought to justice.” Anyone with information about cannabis cultivation in their area is asked to contact officers via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on
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