Police have warned private landlords to check their properties to help tackle illegal activity among tenants.

The warning comes after more than 1,500 cannabis plants have been seized by police in the Forest Heath district of Cambridge.

Andy Smith, detective inspector for the East Anglia region's police force, wants landlords to assist police in tackling the growth and trafficking of the drug through rental properties.

"If you are a landlord and think there may be a factory in one of your properties, get in touch with us immediately,"he said.

Both private landlords and members of the public have raised suspicions which led to cannabis factories being exposed, the police officer added.

His advice comes after Thames Valley Police warned private landlords could face high property damage costs if their rental homes are used for cannabis production.

Dave Allen, detective inspector at Burnham Police, said properties used for drug dealing purposes can be booby-trapped, while walls could also be broken down and there would be increased potential for flooding.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19041557-ADNFCR

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