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Police Raid Cannabis Cafe For A Fourth Time

Rocky Balboa

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Police have raided what is thought to be Britain's most fortified cannabis cafe for a fourth time. Officers took around 15 minutes to gain entry to the building, on a slip road off Freshbrook Road, Lancing, during the raid on Wednesday night. The raid was executed after two people, a man and a woman, were arrested for possession of cannabis after being spotted leaving the cafe. But the heavy fortifications, which consist of metal poles surrounding the building, two "air lock" style steel doors and a high tech CCTV system, thwarted officers from getting inside the building quickly.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers saw a large plume of smoke emanating from the building on demanding entry and were delayed by some 15 minutes with the occupants failing to open the doors to Sussex Police. "This building is surrounded by steel poles on which sit tyres full of concrete, the windows are barred, the doors of which there are two comprising an air lock are constructed from steel with warnings of electrified wire present on the premises.

"Officers at the scene reported the smell of cannabis burning in the air while they waited for entry and on entering found a burner situated on the premises having been used prior to entry being gained."

No further arrests were made inside the building and no other cannabis was found.

It follows three previous raids on the building, one in July 2006, where officers attempted to smash their way into the cafe using a battering ram. During a second raid in October a tractor was used to pull out a window. Officers on the third raid simply knocked on the door and asked to be let in. On each occasion only small quantities of cannabis have been found.

The Argus has previously revealed how the cafe is full of comfy sofas, chess boards and books.

Its owner has told the newspaper that he believes the police have been "heavy handed". Chief Inspector Lawrence Hobbs admitted the fortifications had hampered attempts to close the premises. But both he and other senior Adur police officers have said they are still "committed to the investigation and prosecution" of those connected with the cafe.

The police spokesman added: "Officers from Shoreham will continue to stop and search persons where evidence suggests they are in possession of such drugs. "Where found in such possession arrests will be made which may result in a criminal convictions for drug related offences. "Sussex Police remains committed to the investigation and prosecution of those engaged in the production and supply of controlled drugs." The two people arrested at the scene on Wednesday night received police cautions.

Source: Argus, The
Author: Miles Godfrey
Copyright: 2008 Newsquest Media Group
Website: The Argus Brighton Hove & Sussex news sport jobs and local information
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Herb Fellow

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Police went to a lot of work to give two people police cautions. The police should have read the caution signs and left the Cannabis Cafe alone!


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Is there no real crime left in the world?
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