About 20 officers raided a traveller site in Cleeve Prior near Evesham this morning while a police helicopter hovered overhead.
Dogs barked and someone shouted, "Give me the warrant!" and "We want to make a complaint!" as officers made a shock raid on the site.*chuckles*
In the disused toilet they discovered 19 cannabis plants and growing kit.
A sniffer dog was also brought in to make sure officers had missed nothing during the raid, part of Operation Cordon. Officers, who carried out the raid following a tip-off, said the plants had a potential yield of £57,000 a year (working on the basis that each plant had a yield of £3,000).I bet it was some good shit!
During the raid a woman, who declined to be named, said to officers: "You're killing them plants. It's murder. Leave us a couple of buds for a spliff. I use the heat lamps to get a suntan. Don't manhandle the plants. Someone has looked after them for a long time."Awwwww, bless!
The situation between the officers and the site residents was tense to begin with as a woman demanding officers show her a search warrant but she was told the plots being searched were not hers. Another woman could be seen filming the police raid on a tablet. One man, speaking to one of the officers, said: "You don't like me and I don't like you. We can get just as many people as you and a lot nastier. Me and you will be having it out some time."Hence, I suppose, why the police came mob-handed. I wonder what would happen to me if I threatened a police officer in that manner? I suspect my feet wouldn't touch the floor...
One of the travellers, Ricky Johnson, offered officers peanut butter sandwiches.I bet no-one was daft enough to take up the 'kind offer'..!
He said: "The Johnsons have been very co-operative. The police are welcome at the site but not as a militant force."
Jimmy Johnson told police he did not know about the cannabis plants. "How the plants got past me I don't know." He added: "I am grateful the officers acted in a respectful way, and their behaviour was well-mannered."Pity we can't say the same about your fellow travellers, eh?