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Police have uncovered four cannabis farms in the Hemsworth and South Elmsall area in the last week.

On Saturday a 32-year-old man was arrested after officers found 18 large cannabis plants at his home on Regent Street, Hemsworth.

Another cannabis farm was found at a house on Smeaton Road in Upton last Wednesday, a third uncovered in South Hiendley on Sunday and a fourth in South Elmsall on Tuesday.

A total of 40 mature plants from the farms have been destroyed by police.

Insp Geoff Carter from the South East neighbourhood policing team said cannabis farms were a blight on the community .

He said: “Local people are inconvenienced by the smell and annoyed by the criminal activity in their communities.

“This crime allows an uncontrolled drug which can be medically harmful to be sold without thought to local residents including young people.

“Many of the growers bypass electrical safety devices to avoid large bills and in doing so put themselves and other residents at a heightened risk of domestic fires.

“The fact that communities dislike this behaviour is clearly indicated by the amount of community intelligence that we receive about this.

“Every piece of such information is investigated thoroughly, many times with successful results. Local policing teams work with communities and this is an example of how we can work together to continue bringing these people to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.