Mystery over cannabis found scattered across Burnley street

DISGUSTED: Grandmother Jean Fallows surveys the cannabis leaves on Helston Close

DISGUSTED: Grandmother Jean Fallows surveys the cannabis leaves on Helston Close

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NEIGHBOURS on a Burnley estate were shocked to find dozens of cannabis leaves scattered outside their homes when they awoke on Tuesday.

The distinctive green leaves covered Helston Close and neighbouring streets on the Griffin estate the morning after residents reported seeing youths on a motorbike.

Mrs Jean Fallows, who has lived there for 28 years, said: “This estate has really gone downhill in the last year.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all these cannabis leaves. I have eight children and 28 grandchildren, and I don’t want the younger ones seeing this.

“There are a lot of children on the estate who could be picking up these leaves on their way to school. Cats and dogs could be eating these too. I feed the birds but this is something else.”

Mrs Fallows (66) said that the police and landlord Calico were not doing enough to curb anti-social behaviour and crime on the Griffin estate.

She added: “This is the best house I’ve ever had and I don’t want to move, but there are some serious problems up here now.”

Police are currently investigating how the leaves came to be on the street.

Anthony Duerden, Calico’s director of customer services, said: “We are supporting the police in their enquiries and we will not hesitate to take appropriate action if a culprit is identified and they live in one of our properties. Calico Homes own a number of properties on this estate so we always work in partnership with the police and other agencies to respond to the needs of the community. This includes taking enforcement action if our residents are involved.”