Asbestos found at cannabis crime scene in Beeston

Officers searching a building in Beeston where a cannabis factory was found will be wearing specialist protective suits due to the presence of asbestos.

A warrant was executed at the premises at the junction of Dewsbury Road and Oakhurst Avenue, Beeston, on 27 September 2018, by officers from Leeds District Serious Organised Crime Unit.

A number of cannabis plants were removed from the building for destruction before the presence of asbestos was identified and the scene sealed off.

Asbestos, which is present in many buildings, can present a serious health risk if fibres are inhaled when the material is damaged or disturbed.

A comprehensive search of the building is due to start from tomorrow, Friday 5 October and continue over the coming days with officers wearing protective suits and using other protective equipment.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District Serious Organised Crime Unit, said:

“We want to make people aware of what is happening at these premises to avoid any unhelpful speculation or unnecessary concern in the community.

“The protective equipment that officers are using is solely to protect against the risk from asbestos while the building is subject to a comprehensive search. The potential risk from asbestos is only within the building itself and there is no need for anyone in the area to be unduly concerned.”