For thinking that there might be a brand new cannabis farm being set up in the flat below me? Or am I being over dramatic?

(49 Posts)
EllieArroway Sun 31-Mar-13 13:57:01

I was on here a little while ago asking for advice about my nightmare neighbour who lived below me. Unfortunately, she died rather suddenly so new tenants were found for the flat.

A single man (apparently) moved in. Fine. Nice and quiet so far which is all I really care about.

But:

The shared hall stinks of cannabis all the time. This doesn't bother me much - but it smells a bit different to the usual, smoky smell. It smells more "vegetative", if you see what I mean. And it's permanent.

One man is meant to have moved in - but several different ones let themselves in and out at different times of the day and night. One even rang my bell a few days ago because he didn't have a key to the main front door, just the separate flat door.

Very, very bright lighting can be seen through the glass panel in their front door. Much brighter than have ever been seen with previous tenants.

My worry is that if a farm has been set up, there are quite serious fire risks.

I spoke to my upstairs neighbour and we've discussed the possibility of having a quiet word with the police. But I don't know if there's any justification for that yet - and if we're wrong, we would have to live with one very pissed off neighbour who'd had his home raided by the police on our say so. I don't fancy that much.

So......? What do you think. Anyone have experience of this?

Thanks.

kinkyfuckery Sun 31-Mar-13 13:59:15

It does sound suspicious. Can you phone the police anonymously and ask their advice/what other things you should be on the look out for?

WorraLiberty Sun 31-Mar-13 14:00:46

The police won't raid anyone's home on your say so.

I'd probably call 101 if you're worried and just tell them what you told us.

They won't know who reported them. As long as you haven't mentioned it to the neighbour they won't have reason to suspect you.

skratta Sun 31-Mar-13 14:03:16

I agree...I would be concerned, and I second phoning the non emergency police line to ask.

tiggytape Sun 31-Mar-13 14:04:26

Apparently it is more common than people think. Is your flat feeling very hot all of a sudden (from the heat generated below if they are growing it)? Have they blacked out any windows or always have the curtains shut?
To be honest though the comings and goings and the smell would be enough to report it if you're going to. It isn't like the police will have to tear the place apart to find out - a peek around the front door will confirm whether they're up to anything or not.

Merle Sun 31-Mar-13 14:05:35

Sounds very possible.

Just be careful with what you say if you report it.

EllieArroway Sun 31-Mar-13 14:06:50

The police won't raid anyone's home on your say so

Oh, I know. I just meant that we'd have put the whole thing in motion by contacting the police in the first place. I realise they'd investigate first!

EllieArroway Sun 31-Mar-13 14:09:12

The curtains are permanently shut, yes. I can't say it feels any warmer, but it's hard to say as my central heating pipes run below my floors so they are always warm. Have been listening out for any buzzing from a ventilation system, but can't hear anything.

It's odd.

Yes, the police will call round if you call them. They don't need some giant swat team raid to visit grin

Call them .

fuckwittery Sun 31-Mar-13 14:11:30

Police would probably use info to check out a bit more, any other suspicious signs, I would report as may be a fire risk and I have heard that they will often try to steal electricity from neighbouring properties. Check your electric bill.

Merle Sun 31-Mar-13 14:11:54

they'll also ask the force helicopter to point an infrared camera at the flat, next time it's passing. Easy.

Finola1step Sun 31-Mar-13 14:18:46

Yep call them. We had a rental house in our road that was used as a cannabis farm. You would never have known from the outside but the damage inside was terrible. Do you think the landlord has a clue? Does the landlord do regular inspections? You might also want to check your electricity meter in case there is anything dodgy going on with the electricity - it's not unheard of for people to hook up to legit meters.

IAmNotAMindReader Sun 31-Mar-13 14:21:20

Get in touch with the police. If the smell is pervading the property then it will be detectable outside too. Then you will have any local entrepreneurs trying to liberate the source of the smell for profit.

A friend of mine a few towns over from me had a similar situation and the local populus of that mind started breaking into surrounding properties trying to track it down. The police investigated but they reckon it had been moved by the time they got round to it (a couple of weeks later). Possibly the spate of break ins had spooked them.

MrsWolowitz Sun 31-Mar-13 14:26:01

Call 101.

It does sound suspicious and worth reporting.

Hissy Sun 31-Mar-13 14:26:44

Call the police, and ask for someone to pop round (plain clothes) and see you.

AnyoneforTurps Sun 31-Mar-13 14:27:54

Trafficked children are sometimes used to tend cannabis farms. By alerting the police, you could be protecting a child from exploitation

RainbowsFriend Sun 31-Mar-13 14:30:58

You could contact Crimestoppers anonymously?

EllieArroway Sun 31-Mar-13 15:02:45

Trafficked children are sometimes used to tend cannabis farms Really? I had no idea.

Thank you all for your advice. I think you're right, and will call the police on the non-emergency number. Just wanted to check I wasn't being OTT.

HallelujahHeisRisen Sun 31-Mar-13 15:41:06

they take note of your report. several neighbours had to report before they did anything here. (it was full riot gear according to the electrician who was coming out the other block. he was like shock )

YouTheCat Sun 31-Mar-13 15:45:30

If you report, the police can check the name of the tenant and see if they have any previous convictions for drugs.

JustinBsMum Sun 31-Mar-13 15:51:22

A friend's rented house was used as a c farm and it was wrecked. The damp from sprinklers and humidity destroyed insides. If there really are v bright lights I would def contact police. Who lives below them, are there damp patches on ceilings?

JustinBsMum Sun 31-Mar-13 15:52:21

The farmers in the above case were asian, Vietnamese, I think.

AnyoneforTurps Sun 31-Mar-13 16:12:27

Info on trafficking children for cannabis farms here

nenevomito Sun 31-Mar-13 16:15:31

I'd tell the police as well. If there's nowt going on then nothing will happen, but if there's a cannabis farm, you want rid of it.

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