Rise in cannabis farms found in Kent

The number of home-grown cannabis farms being found by police in Kent has risen by more than 50% in three years.

Kent Police said the number of properties where the drug was discovered growing had increased from 180 in 2008-09 to 280 in 2010-11.

The force said the figures included criminal gangs who set up factories and people who grew for personal use.

It has urged residents to look out for signs of cannabis farms and to pass details to the police.

Sgt Ian Jones of Kent Police said: "This is across the board. We're talking about commercial growers, we're taking about people that are growing one or two plants in their own home for their own use.

"We are seeing organised crime groups actually using cannabis growing as a means of getting an income."

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