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Cannabis cultivation discovered in Tunstall, Fatal House Fire in Longton

Written by on 7 March 2024

Two men have been charged in connection with cannabis cultivation after Staffordshire Police unearthed three sophisticated grows on the same street in Stoke-on-Trent.  A team of proactive officers searched the three addresses near Salisbury Street in Tunstall, on Monday

They found a number of plants, electrical equipment and growing tools which have all been seized as part of separate investigations.  Dangerous electricity bypasses at the sites were also isolated to make sure the area was made safe for those living nearby.  Cannabis grows are often made possible by stealing electric and setting up dangerous rigs that can cause significant fire hazards and put people in danger.

A 24-year-old man, of no fixed address, has since been charged with producing a controlled class B drug and resisting a constable in execution of duty. Another man, aged 20, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been charged with being concerned in the production of a class B drug.

The activity forms part of the continued approach to tackling serious and organised crime by Staffordshire Police under Operation Levidrome.


A man has sadly died following an accidental house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted that smoke was seen coming out of a house on Glenwood Close, Longton, just before 10.45am last Friday (1 March).

The fire had been extinguished before crews arrived, but A man in his 90s was found unresponsive inside. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Station Manager Ben Woodward said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family, friends and neighbours at this tragic and difficult time. A fire investigation has established that the fire was started accidentally.  Unfortunately, those aged over 80 are at a greater risk of falling victim to accidental fires and Our prevent and protect teams are keen to visit those most at risk in the local community to help prevent the chances of another tragedy happening.”