Drug-growers’ illegal power use is driving up householders’ bills

Drugs bust on Jubilee Road, Siddal, Halifax
Drugs bust on Jubilee Road, Siddal, Halifax

HOUSEHOLDERS across Calderdale are having to foot the energy bills of drug dealers, say police.

In the wake of a raid which uncovered more than 100 suspected cannabis plants at a house in Halifax, officers are warning that electricity companies are having to charge customers more to make up for the power stolen by people growing drugs.

Inspector Mick Richmond, from Halifax Central neighbourhood policing team, said: “Not only is growing drugs criminal and something that damages houses, it also uses up thousands of pounds worth of electricity.”

He said in many cases, police find drug-growers have been illegally abstracting the electricity they need.

He added cannabis farms also mean extra carbon monoxide is being pumped into the atmosphere.

Halifax Central neighbourhood policing team found more than 100 suspected cannabis plants when they swooped on a house on Jubilee Road in Siddal on Friday.

Sergeant Richmond urged anyone who has suspicions about drug use in their area to get contact their local neighbourhood policing team so that they could investigate.

Warning signs include people coming and going from a property at all times of day and night and condensation on windows. Nationally, there have been reports of industrial buildings, cinemas, nightclubs, hotels, and even banks being used as cannabis factories

Anyone who can help should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.