“It was 9.30am when I got a call from police telling me that they’d had to break into my unit so they could get upstairs.
"My immediate worry was that the unit was open, so I phoned my wife and rushed down there as quickly as I could.
“I honestly could’ve cried when I saw it. They had cut a square out of our roller shutter, smashed the glass of my door and then when they realised they were in the wrong place they cut their way into the upstairs unit.
“They told me I had to clean up and pay to reinstate the roller shutter and door, before posting on Facebook about how successful the raid was with footage of them breaking into my unit.
“It’s pretty obvious that it’s us they’re breaking into, we’re on the same industrial estate and the only ones with a board over their shutter. You can’t even get upstairs through our business, the units are separate.”Yes, it's Essex Police. Quelle surprise...
"To pay for all the materials will be about £1,200. Apparently they’re going to now look at my damage claim, but will be speaking with the legal team.
“Of course mistakes happen, but all I want is an apology.
“I support Essex Police and all that they do, including tackling this drug operation. But not to ruin me, my business and my employees’ livelihood.”Are they apologetic? Well....ha ha ha ha! Of course not!
An Essex Police spokesman, said: “Our enquiries into the discovery of 700 cannabis plants at an industrial unit in Canvey are continuing.
"On the morning of the warrant, Monday July 27, the officers involved were given a full briefing, which included both information and intelligence.
"Warrants are fast moving exercises and when we arrived, we discovered the building had multiple units and officers initially forced entry to a business in an adjoining unit.
"This was prior to finding the offending unit in a separate part of the building."See? An innocent mistake any bungling gang of incompetents could make!
"We would like to thank the business for their co-operation and their support and make clear that this business is not involved in our investigation in any other way."Then pay their claim immediately and make good the damage you caused without this doublespeak and prevaricating.