Romsey blaze bungalow was cannabis factory say police

The burnt-out bungalow at Shootash.

The burnt-out bungalow at Shootash.

First published in News

POLICE confirmed last night that a burnt out rural Hampshire home had been a cannabis factory.

More than 25 firefighters battled a blaze at a remote bungalow at Shootash near Romsey with one of their crew being taken to hospital after suffering a medical reaction to the fire.

When police went to investigate the fire, which they believed to be suspicious, they discovered the remains of plant growing equipment inside the home as well as in a van parked outside.

A Hampshire police spokesman said further examination points towards a lucrative cannabis growing operation.

He said: “There was evidence that cannabis plants had been growing.

“But due to the fire they did not recover any and are unable to say how many as they were just left with some burnt leaves whereas the equipment was more intact.”

A line of inquiry being taken by detectives is that the electrical supply could have sparked the blaze that completely gutted the bungalow.

A 34-year-old man and a 49- year-old man from Totton along with a 62-year-old man from Southampton have been granted police bail until August 8 while the inquiry continues.

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2:30pm Wed 22 May 13

Owen Richards says...

We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires and blighting communities. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to.

Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that anyone can grow at home for pennies.

If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime.

CLEAR published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself. A huge disinformation campaign funded mainly by the alcohol industry has been misleading the British people for more than 50 years.

Owen Richards
CLEAR Media Team
www.clear-uk.org
We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires and blighting communities. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that anyone can grow at home for pennies. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself. A huge disinformation campaign funded mainly by the alcohol industry has been misleading the British people for more than 50 years. Owen Richards CLEAR Media Team www.clear-uk.org Owen Richards
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4:59pm Wed 22 May 13

Andy_Smith_43 says...

There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.
There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police. Andy_Smith_43
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6:22pm Wed 22 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Andy_Smith_43 wrote:
There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.
quite right too
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Smith_43[/bold] wrote: There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.[/p][/quote]quite right too Pikey-Biker
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6:23pm Wed 22 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Owen Richards wrote:
We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires and blighting communities. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that anyone can grow at home for pennies. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself. A huge disinformation campaign funded mainly by the alcohol industry has been misleading the British people for more than 50 years. Owen Richards CLEAR Media Team www.clear-uk.org
it's not unwinnable Owen just because it's a little tough I dont think we should just give in
[quote][p][bold]Owen Richards[/bold] wrote: We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires and blighting communities. Instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that anyone can grow at home for pennies. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself. A huge disinformation campaign funded mainly by the alcohol industry has been misleading the British people for more than 50 years. Owen Richards CLEAR Media Team www.clear-uk.org[/p][/quote]it's not unwinnable Owen just because it's a little tough I dont think we should just give in Pikey-Biker
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9:17pm Wed 22 May 13

Andy_Smith_43 says...

****-Biker wrote:
Andy_Smith_43 wrote:
There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.
quite right too
Well I don't think it's at all right that fires are being started.
[quote][p][bold]****-Biker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Smith_43[/bold] wrote: There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.[/p][/quote]quite right too[/p][/quote]Well I don't think it's at all right that fires are being started. Andy_Smith_43
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11:15pm Wed 22 May 13

beiroot says...

I think it's unwinnable.Theyv'e been trying for at least 50 years..How much longer before the war on drugs is won?
I think it's unwinnable.Theyv'e been trying for at least 50 years..How much longer before the war on drugs is won? beiroot
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7:29am Thu 23 May 13

Owen Richards says...

Of course it's unwinnable. We consume more than three tonnes every day in Britain and at least 5% of the population are regular users.

More importantly, the action taken to try and win this war against cannabis and cannabis users causes far more harm than it prevents.
Of course it's unwinnable. We consume more than three tonnes every day in Britain and at least 5% of the population are regular users. More importantly, the action taken to try and win this war against cannabis and cannabis users causes far more harm than it prevents. Owen Richards
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11:23am Thu 23 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Andy_Smith_43 wrote:
****-Biker wrote:
Andy_Smith_43 wrote: There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.
quite right too
Well I don't think it's at all right that fires are being started.
nothing is stopping them gettting a qualified electrician to do it,as it's an illegal activity then perhaps people shouldn't grow it in the first place
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Smith_43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]****-Biker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Smith_43[/bold] wrote: There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.[/p][/quote]quite right too[/p][/quote]Well I don't think it's at all right that fires are being started.[/p][/quote]nothing is stopping them gettting a qualified electrician to do it,as it's an illegal activity then perhaps people shouldn't grow it in the first place Pikey-Biker
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4:40pm Thu 23 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

beiroot wrote:
I think it's unwinnable.Theyv'e been trying for at least 50 years..How much longer before the war on drugs is won?
I don't believe the war against any substance missue can ever be won, but if it reduces the amount that is abused then I all for the 'war' to continue
[quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: I think it's unwinnable.Theyv'e been trying for at least 50 years..How much longer before the war on drugs is won?[/p][/quote]I don't believe the war against any substance missue can ever be won, but if it reduces the amount that is abused then I all for the 'war' to continue Pikey-Biker
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11:49pm Thu 23 May 13

Andy_Smith_43 says...

****-Biker wrote:
Andy_Smith_43 wrote:
****-Biker wrote:
Andy_Smith_43 wrote: There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.
quite right too
Well I don't think it's at all right that fires are being started.
nothing is stopping them gettting a qualified electrician to do it,as it's an illegal activity then perhaps people shouldn't grow it in the first place
There are many, many, people who would have to suffer considerable pain in their daily lives if they were not able to use cannabis. It is far better for them to grow their own supply than to buy it from black marketeers and pump money into the underworld.
[quote][p][bold]****-Biker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Smith_43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]****-Biker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Smith_43[/bold] wrote: There is a problem with fires being started by badly installed indoor growing lights. The best way to stop this would be to permit people to grow a few plants for themselves, then they could get all the equipment put in by a proper electrician who would make a safe job of it. Currently people dare not do that for fear of being reported to the police.[/p][/quote]quite right too[/p][/quote]Well I don't think it's at all right that fires are being started.[/p][/quote]nothing is stopping them gettting a qualified electrician to do it,as it's an illegal activity then perhaps people shouldn't grow it in the first place[/p][/quote]There are many, many, people who would have to suffer considerable pain in their daily lives if they were not able to use cannabis. It is far better for them to grow their own supply than to buy it from black marketeers and pump money into the underworld. Andy_Smith_43
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11:00pm Sat 25 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

perhaps they should try pain killers instead of the illegal stuff
perhaps they should try pain killers instead of the illegal stuff Pikey-Biker
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