Men rescued from roof by cherry picker after trying to escape police at 1,000 plant cannabis factory
PUBLISHED: 15:48 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:33 26 July 2018
Two men who tried to escape police by climbing onto the roof of an industrial unit were retrieved by a cherry picker as around 1,000 cannabis plants were seized from a Norwich factory.
Police raided a unit at the Union Park industrial estate around 12pm after local businesses had been smelling cannabis for around two weeks.
When officers arrived, two men emerged onto the roof of the unit, but had nowhere to go.
Firefighters attended and the two men were arrested as they were brought to ground in a cherry picker.
A nearby worker, 39, said: “We were having our lunch in the van and the next minute we saw the police turn up and smash the door in. We hear shouting and screaming and then they all came running out again.
“Some went one way and some went another.
“I think there must have been a hole in the roof, but the two guys got up there and had nowhere to go.
“They had gone down right to the very last unit and just stood there waiting to be brought down. All these buildings here have said they have been smelling it the last few weeks.”
Another worker, 30, who asked not to be named, said the unit had been empty for months.
“From the look of the plants it is going to be at least two and a half months they have been in there,” he added. Everyone has been smelling it in the area for the last couple of weeks.
“We just saw the fire brigade come and take these two guys off the roof. The two guys must have climbed up the scaffolding and the police got up to the roof to handcuff them before the fire brigade arrived to get them down.”
A worker from another nearby business, 30, said: “We just kept smelling stuff, probably for the last couple of weeks. I thought someone is definitely growing in there.
“I saw six or seven police cars turn up, and one of them smashed in part of the front door and went through. A little while later the fire brigade came up and lifted a couple of guys down from the roof.”
Around 1,000 plants have been seized from the unit on Landsdowne Road after the Norwich Safer Neighbourhood Action Team executed a warrant.
The two men were taken to the Police Investigation Centre in Wymondham for questioning.
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