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Three teens arrested as cannabis factories found at travellers’ sites

Cannabis plants and stolen property were recovered during police raids at two travellers’ sites in Worcestershire.

Police officers from several forces carried out the dawn raids as part of a nationwide operation on Tuesday, September 21.

They swooped just after 6am at two travellers’ sites in Cleeve Prior and Eckington and at an address in Cheltenham.

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At the travellers’ sites they found a large number of cannabis plants and also stolen property and arrested three teenagers.

West Mercia Police joined with officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary and Sussex Police when they executed the warrants in Worcestershire and Cheltenham.

It was part of an investigation into a serious assault in Cheltenham, drugs offences and a burglary at a castle in West Sussex.

Det Chief Insp Leighton Harding, from West Mercia Police, said the raids would continue throughout the morning.

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“A number of people have been detained to allow searches to take place at the locations and these are set to continue throughout the morning,” he said.

“West Mercia officers also uncovered a cannabis cultivation.

“Three young men in their teens were arrested on suspicion of burglary following the discovery of stolen property, that related to an earlier burglary at a commercial property and they are both in police custody.

“A man in his 40s has also been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs.

“Successful operations such as this reflect our continued cross-border working to disrupt and destabilise organised crime and our commitment to protecting people from harm.

“We would like to thank the local community for their co-operation this morning and reassure nearby residents that there is no threat to the wider public.”

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