Devon and Cornwall drug growing gear in seagrass scheme

Jeff Binmore (Devon and Cornwall Police), Mark Parry (Project Development Officer for the Community Seagrass Initiative, National Marine Aquarium), Michael Clayton (Property Store Supervisor for Devon and Cornwall Police) Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Police say they wanted to put the seized drugs equipment to good use

Growing equipment seized by police in raids on cannabis farms is being put to use analysing seagrass at a marine aquarium.

The "grass" to seagrass project at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth aims to help conserve native seagrass.

Seagrass is an important habitat for seahorses and both face threats from pollution and coastal development.

Lighting and growing trays were among the equipment donated by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Image caption Seahorses which live in seagrass could benefit from the research

Mark Parry, of the aquarium, said: "This generous donation will enable us to grow our own seagrass for further study, all contributing to our ultimate aim of protecting these threatened species."

Mike Clayton, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We always aim to work closely with our local community, and this project will see the equipment put to very good use to help with marine conservation, rather than having to be disposed of by ourselves."

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