Four arrested after armed police raid cannabis farm in Hartlepool

Police have raided a cannabis farm believed to be worth tens of thousands of pounds in Hartlepool.

Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 07:03 am
Police armed officers at the front of the house involved in the Hutton Avenue incident. Picture by FRANK REID

Three men and a woman have now been arrested in connection with the investigation and remain in police custody.

More than 300 cannabis plants were found during the raid. 

Police armed officers at the front of the house involved in the Hutton Avenue incident. Picture by FRANK REID

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The street was closed off, near to the junction with St Paul’s Road, with several police vehicles at the scene, as well as police dogs, handlers and armed officers, on Tuesday, June 18 at around 8pm.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “Police have located a suspected cannabis farm and a quantity of suspected Class A drugs as part of searches of two addresses on Hutton Avenue in Hartlepool.

“The farm contains over 300 plants and is believed to be worth tens of thousands of pounds. Three men and one woman have been arrested in connection with the investigation and are in police custody.

Police dog handler at the rear of the house involved in the Hutton Avenue incident.

“Officers will remain at the two properties while further searches continue.”

A cordon was put in place by Cleveland Police, as dozens of onlookers watched.

The road was closed to traffic and a number of families were reportedly evacuated from homes within the Hutton Avenue cordon for the duration of the incident.

Police officers allowed members of the public back into their homes, and removed the cordon at around 10.30pm. 

A police officer on guard during the Hutton Avenue incident.
A police car parked on the pavement as officers descend on two houses in the street
Police dog handler at the front of the house involved in the Hutton Avenue incident.
Police armed officers enter one of the houses involved in the Hutton Avenue incident.
Police dog handler at the rear of the house.