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Cannabis farm gear flytipped in Brockenhurst stream

FLYTIPPERS have dumped the suspected remains of a cannabis farm in a New Forest stream.

Forestry England hit out at the offenders after a team of its workers had to fish about 30 black bags containing equipment used to grow the class B drug from the water near Puttles Bridge car park off Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst, on Wednesday.

The cost of the clean-up, which involved help from a specialist waste contractor, was expected to run into hundreds of pounds.

The cost of the lengthy clear-up was expected to run into hundreds of pounds (46931454)
The cost of the lengthy clear-up was expected to run into hundreds of pounds (46931454)

Contents of the bags included heaters, lights and chemical containers, as well as the roots and stalks of cannabis plants.

An FE spokesperson said: “The clean-up took some considerable time given the need to remove the waterlogged bags from the stream and check for any items that may have escaped the bags.

“It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing to see incidents like this. They represent a total lack of respect and care for the Forest, and a disregard for the danger that waste like this poses to wildlife.”

Police also responded to reports of the discovery, and a spokesperson for the Hampshire force said enquiries were ongoing to trace the source of the cannabis and equipment.

A passer-by, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the A&T that FE workers at the scene said they regularly cleared up dumped waste from suspected cannabis production sites.

“I don't know why I was surprised, and I wonder how many of us realise this is what they do,” they said.

Those with information about the fly-tip can contact FE confidentially by calling 0300 067 4601 or emailing southern.enquiries@forestryengland.uk

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