Two arrests after police seize suspected cannabis in Highbridge raids
Two men have been arrested after police found more than 50 suspected cannabis plants during a raid on neighbouring homes in Highbridge on Friday.
Officers from Burnham-on-Sea also seized a stolen mechanical digger found at the first property as well as 40 plants in varying stages of maturity.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said a 37-year-old man was arrested at the scene, and that enquiries at the property led to another search at a neighbouring house where a further cultivation set-up was discovered.
Thirteen suspected cannabis plants were seized and two other premises were searched. A 29-year-old man was later arrested, police said.
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All the plants seized are currently undergoing forensic testing.
Sgt Ian Kennett said: "We have been targeting suspected offenders specifically identified through information from our communities and intelligence-led police investigations.
"Individuals involved in drug crime are damaging our communities and often commit further offences such as burglary and theft. None of which will be tolerated.
"Tackling the issues that our communities identify as key remains our priority. We hold regular meetings and beat surgeries, which are proving highly successful.
"They provide us with large amounts of intelligence direct from the community, which as this case shows informs our proactive work. They are also an opportunity for the community to help shape their local policing."
Inspector Roger Tolley added: "It is vital that the community continues talks to us. They are our eyes and ears.
"We need to know what is happening across the area. I encourage them to keep coming forward with information about what is happening in their neighbourhood. We will listen and we will take action, as this operation proves."
Anyone with information about suspected illegal activities should call 101 or report it online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.