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Multi-agency operation unearths cannabis factory and leads to three arrests

Rougham Hill lorry park. ANL-161201-170148001
Rougham Hill lorry park. ANL-161201-170148001

A multi-agency operation in Suffolk has led to the discovery of a cannabis factory in Sudbury, three arrests and 67 vehicles being checked.

On Wednesday officers from Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, the Dog Unit and Scorpion Central Team were joined by officers from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs to carry out vehicle and driver checks at Rougham Lorry Park.

Cannabis plants ANL-161202-161113001
Cannabis plants ANL-161202-161113001

The aim of ‘Operation Quartzite’ was to disrupt criminal activity, to catch those committing driving offences and to remove unsafe vehicles from the road with fuel testing, drugs checks and vehicle examinations all carried out.

A cannabis ‘factory’ was discovered in Woodhall Business Park, Sudbury following the execution of a warrant.

A number of plants and growing equipment were seized and a sizeable site was dismantled.

Three people were also arrested during the course of the operation at Rougham Lorry Park.

A 26-year-old man from Newmarket was arrested on suspicion of burglary following an incident in Glemsford in January where a quantity of garden tools were stolen.

He was taken into custody at Martlesham and has been bailed to return on March 7.

A 21-year-old man from Ipswich was also arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with an incident in Hintlesham in July last year, where power tools were among the items stolen.

He was taken into custody at Bury St Edmunds and has now been bailed to return to police on March 30.

A 47-year-old man was arrested and later given a caution for possession of cannabis.

At Rougham Lorry Park, 67 vehicles were escorted to the site between 8.30am and 3.30pm

A total of 19 vehicles were given immediate prohibitions by the DVSA for serious offences/defect, 15 vehicles were given delayed prohibitions for vehicle defects and 69 advisory notices were issued

Police issued 38 Traffic offence reports for offences ranging from having no insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, excessive speed, use of a mobile phone or due to the vehicle being in a dangerous condition.

Two vehicles were seized due to no motor insurance being held.

Six stop and searches were carried out and 23 searches using drugs dogs were undertaken with 6 positive indications.

Three vehicles were found to be overweight. Two drivers/owners were fined £300 and one was given a warning.

Three formal notices were issued by Trading Standards for rogue trading and failing to give cancellation rights.

Inspector Julian Ditcham from Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, who managed the check site, said: “This was a successful operation which resulted in three arrests as well as the discovery of a cannabis ‘factory’.

“Along with our partners we were also able to speak to a significant number of drivers about a range of issues.

“Raising awareness of the dangers of committing offences which puts all road users at risk is a priority for us.

“We will continue to target motorists who commit these offences and we are intent on doing all we can to make the roads safer for us all.”

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