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A pre-planned warrant at a Lincolnshire farm led to searches taking place over nine days after underground bunkers containing cannabis were found.
On the morning of Thursday 3rd September officers, drone support and the dog unit arrived at the farm in Skendleby near the east coast accompanied by officials from the Environment Agency who had intelligence to suggest waste was being stored illegally at the site.
Officers from the Spanish Civil Guard also joined the operation having provided information which supported intelligence obtained by Lincolnshire Police that a drug operation was taking place.
Four bunkers made up of shipping containers were found 20ft underground – their entrances concealed within barns. In total 12 shipping containers were used to make up the bunkers and house a large number of cannabis plants. Officers estimate the drugs would have a street value of approximately £580,000.
More than 300 tonnes of illegal waste, a shotgun and six stolen cars were also found. 22 horses and one llama were found at the farm itself in a poor condition and were taken away by officers.
Three men, aged 34, 35 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of production of a Class B drug, burglary with intent to steal, animal welfare offences and possible waste offences.
The 34-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
They have been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton from Lincolnshire Police said:
“We are extremely grateful to our counterparts in Spain and our partners for assisting with the exploration of this site.
“With the operation being underground we have needed some real specialist support to uncover this activity. Only with the skills of those who joined us from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, RSPCA, Dyno-Rod and the Home Office’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have we been able to get to this point.”
The seven Environment Agency officers attending found approximately 300 tonnes of baled waste, 60 part-dismantled vehicles, used asbestos roofing materials, household rubbish and mixed manufactured wood, plus evidence of 6 separate areas used to burn waste illegally. Any site which deposits, treats, stores or disposes of waste is breaking the law if they do so without a permit from the Environment Agency.
The three suspects were also interviewed in relation to this activity before being released on police bail. Investigations continue and officers will return to monitor the safe removal of the waste in the future – which is expected to cost those responsible up to £100,000.
Environment Agency Area Director Norman Robinson said:
“Waste crime is serious – it blights communities and risks real harm to people’s health and the environment, and we won’t hesitate to take action against those responsible.
“We’ve now been able to put a stop to illegal activity on this site – a testament to the determination, joint-working and intelligence-sharing between multiple organisations.
“Investigations continue, but in the meantime, we’d ask anyone who suspects illegal waste activity to report it to police hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A lorry has hit the Harlaxton Road bridge, traffic in the area is heavy and slow.
Another bridge hit, this time Springfield road.
Heavy traffic, avoid area.
Somerby Hill again!
The Castlegate pub (aka Images) has announced that it will not be reopening again. In a statement they said,
To all staff, friends and colleagues,
Our journey has taken 33 years to complete and it’s has truly been a wild and wonderful ride.
We have enjoyed each and every step that you have all shared with us.
The time is now right to hang up our pint glasses and call time on the bar.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all.
John, Jayne, Neil and Claire
Mobile found phone on Harrow Street.
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Flying ant day has arrived in Grantham.
Flying ant day happens when males and new queens leave the nest to mate, with many ant colonies doing so on the same day when the conditions are just right.
This is the way that many ant species leave their previous nest to begin new colonies.
Flying ants are not harmful, so if you see a swarm in your garden or elsewhere it’s best to leave them alone as they’ll soon disappear once they fly off, often within a few hours.
Police are investigating after a Ford Focus was deliberately set alight on a street in Grantham.
The incident happened on Heathfield Road, at about 5am on Saturday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting Incident 97 of Saturday.
Steve Hotchin says
This was left in the middle of the road on Wednesday just gone and a young lady was left struggling to move it to a safe place, been reported because it’s still left in a dangerous position. Harrowby Lane/Byron Ave area.
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A major fire has broken out near to Coach Gap Lane in Langar, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the sky that can be seen in parts of Grantham.
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