'Week of Action' sees police conduct knife sweeps and uncover cannabis farms

Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action across South division <i>(Image: Chorley Police)</i>
Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action across South division (Image: Chorley Police)

Police discovered 100 cannabis plants growing in Leyland during their Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action across the South division.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) supported neighbourhood teams across the county to keep people safe, reduce crime and provide reassurance in communities.

The South division, which covers Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, and West Lancashire, teams took action to address antisocial behaviour and drug crimes.

In Chorley and South Ribble, officers, along with partners in education and Inspire Youth Zone, carried out visits to ASB hot spots, engaging with young people in the areas. During a warrant, officers also discovered a cannabis grow in Leyland with 100 plants.

In Preston, the Early Intervention Team carried out a series of schools talks, educating young people about knife crime, how to stay safe on social media and road safety.

Officers in West Lancashire conducted knife sweeps and high visibility patrols in ASB hotspots. They also dismantled a cannabis farm in Burscough which contained a significant amount of harvested and dried cannabis.

Chief Inspector Chris Abbot said: ‘Neighbourhood policing is at the very heart of what we do in Lancashire, central to our vision of preventing and fighting crime and keeping our communities and people safe.”

“The week of action has provided just a snapshot of the neighbourhood policing work we do every day to keep the public safe and we will continue to do everything we can to combat criminality in our communities.”