Cannabis concern with discoveries of 'farms' on the rise
THE number of cannabis farms discovered by Bristol police is steadily increasing year by year, a national report has revealed.
A "problem profile" published today by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) shows that since 2007 around 100 more farms have been found each year in the city and the rest of the Avon and Somerset force area.
The report has been released to show that the commercial cultivation of the drug continues to pose a significant risk to the UK.
The Avon and Somerset police force area is also among the worst five in the country based on the number of farms found in the area. The other four worst-hit areas are West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Midlands and London.
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The problem profile, which is the third to be published since 2008, shows that in 2007/8 207 farms were discovered; there were 350 farms in 2008/9; 402 in 2009/10; 527 in 2010/11 and the predicted figure for 2011/12 is 653.
The figures show a 61 per cent increase in the last two years.
ACPO lead on cannabis cultivation Allan Gibson said: "Commercial cannabis cultivation continues to pose a significant risk to the UK. Increasing numbers of organised crime groups are diverting into this area of criminality, but we are determined to continue to disrupt such networks and reduce the harm caused by drugs. This profile provides a detailed analysis of the threat from commercial cultivation of cannabis and the work undertaken by law enforcement agencies. It provides a framework to facilitate future planning and decision-making for preventative, legislative and enforcement activity to make the UK a hostile environment for cannabis cultivators."