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Upturned nails laid as traps at Norwich cannabis factory

PUBLISHED: 21:39 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:12 13 June 2018

Traps laid at the address near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk Police

Traps laid at the address near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk Police

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Traps made from upturned nails have been removed from a property on Beaconsfield Road after police uncovered cannabis plants and weapons in a raid.

Cannabis plants seized in the raid near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk PoliceCannabis plants seized in the raid near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk Police

Officers from Norwich North attended the address on Monday under a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant, where they found a cannabis grow.

It was being defended by traps involving nails pushed through planks of wood and laid upright on the ground, and a variety of weapons including knuckle dusters and lock knives.

PC James Marrison said the raid was “intelligence led” after officers had reports from local residents around the address.

“Their concerns were based on the layout with CCTV cameras directly above the front door,” he said. “Suspicions were raised and we started looking into the occupant a little more.”

Weapons seized in the raid near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk PoliceWeapons seized in the raid near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk Police

He said the traps were “not something you normally expect to find.”

“I do not know if it comes down to paranoia or someone protecting their property but it is potentially harmful not just to us but to the public.

“There were also a variety of knives including throwing knives and knuckle dusters and some machete type knives.

“We also found a can of CS spray, which is a section 5 firearm. We were not aware of anything like that so it is also about building the bigger picture that people can have these sorts of things in their property.

Weapons seized in the raid near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk PoliceWeapons seized in the raid near Silver Road. Picture: Norfolk Police

“It is always the case we encourage people to pick up the phone to us. Nobody should be afraid to report things to police - and we need people to help us so we can help them.”

Four semi mature cannabis plants were seized from the property as well as around nine weapons.

Anyone with concerns in their area should call Norfolk Police on non-emergency number 101.


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