Aerial pictures of Harrow help find cannabis farms

Aerial pictures help find cannabis farms

Aerial pictures help find cannabis farms

The thermal image taken by the plane

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Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Thermal images taken of Harrow to find beds in sheds have helped police find five cannabis farms.

Last week police raided one of the cannabis factories after they were discovered in the imaged taken by the remote controlled plane earlier this year.

Thermal imaging cameras were able to find cannabis factories which led police to raiding one of the homes in Harrow.

They found dozens of dozens of plants being cultivated in an upstairs bedroom and two people were arrested.

Leader of the council Susan Hall said: “The main purpose of the thermal image flight was to give us a scale of the issue with beds in sheds developments. But an unexpected benefit has been to expose these secret suburban cannabis factories.

“This isn’t some victimless crime. This drug is clearly being cultivated on a commercial scale for sale either locally or in London.

The people involved may be the foot soldiers of the enterprise, but they are at the base of an enterprise that is pumping drugs onto our streets.

“I think it is a great result for the people of Harrow that the thermal camera has caught the cannabis growers at it.”

Before the council commission flight planning officers estimated there were 75 cases of unauthorised 'beds in sheds' in Harrow.

Now there is a list of 319 potential cases identified in the evening flight, during which a thermal imaging camera was used to take aerial shots of the borough.

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5:54pm Mon 24 Mar 14

PJ Reynolds says...

We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. The British people have been systematically misled and deceived about cannabis for nearly 100 years.

If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires, blighting communities and involved in human trafficking. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to.

Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they export Sativex all over the world at a vastly inflated price when anyone can grow the equivalent at home for pennies.

The popular myth that cannabis is a major cause of mental health problems is entirely false. That's not to say it is harmless but peanut allergy causes more health harms. The facts of hospital admissions and the numbers in treatment show that cannabis is a minor cause of problems and irrelevant in public health terms. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, all prescription and OTC medicines. More than that, experts now recognise that for most adults, in moderation, cannabis is actually good for you. It acts as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and helps to protect against autoimmune conditions such as diabetes and cancer. It is also neuroprotective and helpful in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

The rest of the word is leaving Britain behind and taking advantage of the huge financial and health benefits of cannabis. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us.
We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. The British people have been systematically misled and deceived about cannabis for nearly 100 years. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires, blighting communities and involved in human trafficking. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they export Sativex all over the world at a vastly inflated price when anyone can grow the equivalent at home for pennies. The popular myth that cannabis is a major cause of mental health problems is entirely false. That's not to say it is harmless but peanut allergy causes more health harms. The facts of hospital admissions and the numbers in treatment show that cannabis is a minor cause of problems and irrelevant in public health terms. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, all prescription and OTC medicines. More than that, experts now recognise that for most adults, in moderation, cannabis is actually good for you. It acts as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and helps to protect against autoimmune conditions such as diabetes and cancer. It is also neuroprotective and helpful in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. The rest of the word is leaving Britain behind and taking advantage of the huge financial and health benefits of cannabis. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us. PJ Reynolds
  • Score: 18

7:20pm Mon 24 Mar 14

handytrim says...

“This isn’t some victimless crime." No it isn't at all. The victims are the tax payers of this country who are forced to pay to continue the prohibition of a substance less harmful than caffeine.

We know prohibition causes more harm than good. It creates a criminal market, often run by international organised gangs who dabble in anything from people trafficking to murder. It also persecutes people for deciding to take substances deemed illegal (the act of taking drugs isn't illegal only possessing them as no country or law can government a free persons right what to put into their own body), naughty or immoral.

To say it is on health grounds and for the peoples protection that these substances are banned is a lie. If it were the truth than they would understand that by making these substances illegal, unregulated and unchecked there is literally no telling what the consumer is actually buying and nine times out of ten this is the real reason why people end up dying.

And if they really wanted to protect the public's health they would also think about banning THE most dangerous of drugs alcohol. It continues to kill tens of thousands of people a year and is one of the major causes of mental health issues in this country. But instead we are told that because it is of historical importance to our society it can be omitted from our useless scale of harm classification system, that is out of date and out of touch with reality.

The rest of the world is waking up to this nonsense that has been allowed to continue for far too long now. It is about time we had a proper shake up of our failed drug policies and actually based them on the evidence and scientific facts instead of corrupt business interests and moral crusading by selfish and out of touch dinosaurs.
“This isn’t some victimless crime." No it isn't at all. The victims are the tax payers of this country who are forced to pay to continue the prohibition of a substance less harmful than caffeine. We know prohibition causes more harm than good. It creates a criminal market, often run by international organised gangs who dabble in anything from people trafficking to murder. It also persecutes people for deciding to take substances deemed illegal (the act of taking drugs isn't illegal only possessing them as no country or law can government a free persons right what to put into their own body), naughty or immoral. To say it is on health grounds and for the peoples protection that these substances are banned is a lie. If it were the truth than they would understand that by making these substances illegal, unregulated and unchecked there is literally no telling what the consumer is actually buying and nine times out of ten this is the real reason why people end up dying. And if they really wanted to protect the public's health they would also think about banning THE most dangerous of drugs alcohol. It continues to kill tens of thousands of people a year and is one of the major causes of mental health issues in this country. But instead we are told that because it is of historical importance to our society it can be omitted from our useless scale of harm classification system, that is out of date and out of touch with reality. The rest of the world is waking up to this nonsense that has been allowed to continue for far too long now. It is about time we had a proper shake up of our failed drug policies and actually based them on the evidence and scientific facts instead of corrupt business interests and moral crusading by selfish and out of touch dinosaurs. handytrim
  • Score: -1

7:22pm Mon 24 Mar 14

SeaBee says...

Having legalised cannabis, we can then legalise cocaine, then heroin, then why not go for a free for all. Hell, very few people are killed in high speed car accidents, so why not get rid of speed limits.
Having legalised cannabis, we can then legalise cocaine, then heroin, then why not go for a free for all. Hell, very few people are killed in high speed car accidents, so why not get rid of speed limits. SeaBee
  • Score: -20

7:24pm Mon 24 Mar 14

discerner says...

If the police devoted as much time, effort, and money into dealing with real crime the country would be a lot safer to live in. Instead they go for the easy pickings of cannabis growing,and consumption.The real criminals must be laughing their heads off.
If the police devoted as much time, effort, and money into dealing with real crime the country would be a lot safer to live in. Instead they go for the easy pickings of cannabis growing,and consumption.The real criminals must be laughing their heads off. discerner
  • Score: 10

7:42pm Mon 24 Mar 14

PJ Reynolds says...

SeaBee wrote:
Having legalised cannabis, we can then legalise cocaine, then heroin, then why not go for a free for all. Hell, very few people are killed in high speed car accidents, so why not get rid of speed limits.
A free for all is what we have now, where a £6 billion market is abandoned to criminals.

Personally, I want more control over the cannabis market where it will be more difficult for kids to get. I also want some of that £6 billion going into schools and hospitals and not just criminals' pockets.

Yes, I would legalise cocaine and heroin too but you'd need a doctor's prescription to get them. That would mean a massive reduction in street crime, muggings and burgalries because addicts could get what they need.

As for your speed limit point, now you're just being silly. That would cause harm, legalising drugs under strict conditions would reduce harm.
[quote][p][bold]SeaBee[/bold] wrote: Having legalised cannabis, we can then legalise cocaine, then heroin, then why not go for a free for all. Hell, very few people are killed in high speed car accidents, so why not get rid of speed limits.[/p][/quote]A free for all is what we have now, where a £6 billion market is abandoned to criminals. Personally, I want more control over the cannabis market where it will be more difficult for kids to get. I also want some of that £6 billion going into schools and hospitals and not just criminals' pockets. Yes, I would legalise cocaine and heroin too but you'd need a doctor's prescription to get them. That would mean a massive reduction in street crime, muggings and burgalries because addicts could get what they need. As for your speed limit point, now you're just being silly. That would cause harm, legalising drugs under strict conditions would reduce harm. PJ Reynolds
  • Score: -7

11:19pm Mon 24 Mar 14

mexander woodruff says...

Doesn't everyone know by now the purpose of this crackdown on cannabis farms is to protect the moneybags $igarette marketing empire which furnishes TAXES to governments and CAMPAIGN MONEY to candidates?

Busting cannabis growers REDUCES SUPPLY, increasing price-- now usually over 10-1 compared to the tobacco in $igarettes. Then children who "smoke for status" or to appear groanup go with the more affordable but ADDICTIVE nicotine product-- 40% chance of premature death! Huge medical costs! Doctors, hospitals, Big pHARMa make more money off victims' families and off the taxpayer.
Doesn't everyone know by now the purpose of this crackdown on cannabis farms is to protect the moneybags $igarette marketing empire which furnishes TAXES to governments and CAMPAIGN MONEY to candidates? Busting cannabis growers REDUCES SUPPLY, increasing price-- now usually over 10-1 compared to the tobacco in $igarettes. Then children who "smoke for status" or to appear groanup go with the more affordable but ADDICTIVE nicotine product-- 40% chance of premature death! Huge medical costs! Doctors, hospitals, Big pHARMa make more money off victims' families and off the taxpayer. mexander woodruff
  • Score: -6

8:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

Good grief
If criminals did not sell or grow cannnabis they would move on to something else, It is a killer ban it
Good grief If criminals did not sell or grow cannnabis they would move on to something else, It is a killer ban it rabbitz
  • Score: 5

3:28pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

We all understand that the war against drugs is one we cannot ever fully win.However,it's ludicrous to suggest we throw up our hands in sheer desperation and DO NOTHING.That's not an option!

To all the sceptics and critics I can only urge you to please give credit where it's due and not knock every attempt to dislodge and disrupt the kinds of crimes we are talking about.Can you come up with something more useful or effective? If so.please feed your ideas to our Borough Commander,Harrow Police and Harrow Council.Intelligence from you--the eyes and ears in the community---is invaluable.Be excellent citizens and help in the fight against drugs,in every form.

Well done Harrow Police and the Local Authority for working in close partnership ,and achieving some stunning results to clear up crime.
We all understand that the war against drugs is one we cannot ever fully win.However,it's ludicrous to suggest we throw up our hands in sheer desperation and DO NOTHING.That's not an option! To all the sceptics and critics I can only urge you to please give credit where it's due and not knock every attempt to dislodge and disrupt the kinds of crimes we are talking about.Can you come up with something more useful or effective? If so.please feed your ideas to our Borough Commander,Harrow Police and Harrow Council.Intelligence from you--the eyes and ears in the community---is invaluable.Be excellent citizens and help in the fight against drugs,in every form. Well done Harrow Police and the Local Authority for working in close partnership ,and achieving some stunning results to clear up crime. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 5

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