Thursday 29 May 2014

Police drugs bust leads to nourishing gift for community

Cambridge fertiliser companions Stephen Smith and Micky Woolmore 140529

Emmaus Cambridge was recently gifted at least 300 bags of compost by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

A cannabis factory with 12,000 plants was discovered in Soham, Cambridgeshire, after it was sniffed out by local officers on patrol.

The discovery was made late at night on Wednesday 28 May 2014, and officers began clearing the site on Thursday 29 May.

Emmaus Cambridge director, Diane Docherty, received a phone call from the local police force early in the morning. She explained: “We received a call from local police telling us that they had raided a cannabis farm in Soham and had discovered 1000 bags of unused, good quality compost, which had obviously been purchased to nourish the plants. They asked us if we would like it, as they were going to have to dispose of it. We jumped at the chance, as we have large grounds where we are starting to grow more of our own food, here at our community in Landbeach.

“This scenario demonstrates perfectly the excellent links that we enjoy with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. They have stopped this factory in its tracks, and at Emmaus Cambridge we often support former drug users by giving them a place to live and work as they recover.”

Emmaus Cambridge gives 29 formerly homeless people a place to call home, and work in the community’s large scale charity shops and café.