420 Magazine Background

Drug Police Smash Down Front Door of Innocent Gran IN Cannabis Search


New Member
Anne Mayor was stunned when she returned to her small home in Aintree to discover six officers had broken in and scoured it for drugs. The 62-year-old today said police told her the force helicopter had picked up a "heat source" from the Dallas Grove house where she has lived all her life.

Merseyside police said it was mounting operations against cannabis production in the area, but apologised for the mistake and promised to pay for a new door. Mrs Mayor had been enjoying a day out in Ormskirk with her 67-year-old husband Richard when the drama emerged.

The retired hospital worker said: "My mobile number rang, but it was my husband's number and he had left his phone on the kitchen counter. "We started panicking because we thought that someone must be in the house.

"When we arrived in our street, our neighbour told us the police had just left and that they had broken into the house on suspicion of drugs."

Mrs Mayor said the force helicopter had been circling the area a few days earlier and her four grandchildren had waved at it from the front step.

She said: "The police said that there was a heat source coming from my house and that the officer had smelt cannabis in this area.

"But we just live in a two up two down house. We don't have neighbours on one side and the man on the other side works all the hours God sends.

"I have lived here all my life and my kids grew up here. I can't get it into my head why on earth they would have picked on my house.

"The officer apologised, but I don't want an apology. It's not good enough."

Inspector Paul Mann, from Merseyside police, said other warrants executed that day led to 11 arrests, the seizure of cocaine, heroin and cannabis and cash.

But he apologised to Mrs Mayor for the distress she suffered.

He said: "Unfortunately because Mrs Mayor was not at home at the time of the search an entry was forced, causing damage to the door.

"Her door was secured and repaired following the search and Merseyside police is happy to pay for a new one."

Mr Mann said the raid was part of the area's total war on drugs, specifically around the production of cannabis.

Source: Liverpool Echo (UK)
Copyright: 2007 Trinity Mirror NorthWest and North Whales Limited
Contact: icLiverpool - Submit a reader letter to the Liverpool Echo for publication
Website: Liverpool Echo - Liverpool news, Everton FC, Liverpool FC & more
Top Bottom