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Met Police shut down large cannabis farm in Hendon using cutting-edge technology

The Met Police successfully shut down a cannabis farm in Hendon, thanks to cutting-edge technology and vital community intelligence.

Local residents had raised concerns about drug dealing in the area, alongside the violence and anti-social behaviour it brings.

In response, the Met’s neighbourhood police team intensified their patrols and actively engaged with the community. Through these interactions, officers received crucial information pointing to a suspected drug den on Parade Street.


Utilising a state-of-the-art drone equipped with thermal imaging, officers conducted a survey of the properties in the area. The thermal footage revealed one building glowing white among a dark row of terraced houses, providing clear evidence for officers to secure a search warrant.

Upon executing the warrant, police discovered over 150 mature cannabis plants, some reaching six feet in height. The property also contained sophisticated lights, heating systems, and a bypassed electricity supply to support the plants’ growth. These illegal setups pose significant fire and structural risks due to the high heat levels required and the unsafe electricity connections.

Fortunately, no individuals were present at the time of the raid. However, investigations are ongoing to locate and apprehend those responsible for the operation.

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Drone image showing white roof – Hendon. Image: Met Police

Sergeant Darren Brain, who leads a local team of officers in Hendon, said: “We are dedicated to tackling the issues that matter most to residents. People have told us they are worried about the impact drug dealing has on the local area, so we will continue to prioritise stamping it out.

“Gangs involved in dealing drugs regularly exploit the most vulnerable in society and cause them significant harm and upset. I would encourage anyone with information or suspicions about drug activity to contact us.

“Police Community Support Officers from my team have spoken to local residents and businesses to reassure them following the warrant. If you see us out and about, please come over and speak to us.

“The easiest way to report crime quickly is via our website or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers. In an emergency, always call 999.”

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