A landlord has spoken of his shock after an empty house he owns was found to have a cannabis crop inside.
The 65-year-old Leicester man, who did not want to be named, had a call from Nottinghamshire Police after they discovered 146 plants throughout the home in Allendale Avenue, Nottingham, at 6pm on Wednesday.
“All I got was a phone call last night from the police asking me to come down, which I have done this morning,” he told NottinghamshireLive yesterday.
“I found the door broken in. Police have asked me to fix the door and clear the property.
“There was not supposed to be anybody (in the house). I have got no idea. All they have done is done a grow in here.”
He said there had not been any tenants in the property since March, and that someone seemed to have changed the locks to the property, as well as bypassing the electric metres and filling the house with cannabis plants.
The man said the discovery of the cannabis farm was “shocking”.
He said that because he lived in Leicester, the city’s almost continuous lockdown made it difficult to check on properties.
He said: “It makes it very difficult for investors to come up and check everything.
“The neighbours did not suspect anything.
“I just asked the neighbours and they said there was nobody living here.”
The man said he had been left £10,000 to £15,000 out of pocket because of damage caused to the house.
The police had been called after neighbours noticed the distinctive smell coming from the house.
One neighbour, Pat Benjamin, 78, told NottinghamshireLive: “It’s always been nice in this little area – you’ve always felt safe bringing your grandkids up.
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“It just shows you that these things can go on under your nose and you do not realise.
“You do not expect it when something like this happens – I think it’s no good.”
Sergeant Ian Johnson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The cultivation of cannabis is a serious crime and can often be linked to other serious offences. It’s great that the community are coming forward in addition to our proactive work to tackle this crime.
“We do not tolerate drugs as it has a negative impact on the community and we are keen to catch those responsible. In addition to this, the electric had been bypassed at the house we went to last night, which is very dangerous.
“We are making inquiries to establish who is responsible for growing the plants.”