Man cautioned after 60 cannabis plants found at North Shields house

Dozens of cannabis plants have been recovered after residents raised concerns about a strong smell coming from a house.

Residents in Trevor Terrace, in North Shields, contacted police over concerns of a strong smell of cannabis from one of the houses.

We take all reports of the illegal production and supply of drugs in the area very seriously

North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey

Led by Neighbourhood Beat Manager Dianne Hogg, officers contacted the private landlord and gained entry to the premises and found 60 cannabis plant seedlings.

Police seized the plants and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis.

He subsequently received a caution after admitting dishonestly using and abstracting and electricity.

Following this he was evicted from his home by his landlord and North Tyneside Council revoked his taxi licence for 12 months and removed his vehicle.

North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: “We take all reports of the illegal production and supply of drugs in the area very seriously and we want those who are involved in this activity to be aware that we will take action against you.

“We want to make it clear that police will work with a range of partner agencies to make sure that all appropriate available sanctions against offenders are put in place.

“We’re determined to make our communities safer and would continue to appeal for the public’s help by giving us any information on suspected drugs activity where they live.”

Colin Boxshall, manager of North Tyneside Council’s Safer Estates team, said: “North Tyneside Council is on the side of our law-abiding tenants and residents.

“We take all complaints and information very seriously and work with our partners to investigate and ensure that those who step outside the law are subject to the full power of the law and will face the likelihood that they will lose their home too.”

Anyone with concerns about drugs in their area should contact the neighbourhood policing team on 101, extension 69191.