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Woman returns from round-the-world travelling to find huge cannabis farm in her home

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Original Article – MetroUK

Tanya Laverty (pictured) discovered her home in Wavertree, Liverpool, had been used as a cannabis farm (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

A charity volunteer who once ran a soup kitchen for the homeless returned from a round-the-world trip to find criminals had turned her house into a massive cannabis farm. Tanya Laverty rented her Wavertree home to a family while she packed her bags and went to Asia with her boyfriend. But after she stopped receiving rent she became suspicious and returned home to find it had been trashed by thugs who had set up a sprawling drugs farm.

Tanya flew home after her partner’s mum – who went to check on the house – spotted a hosepipe running up the stairs when she looked through the letterbox. When she opened the front door earlier this month she made the shocking discovery. Speaking to the Echo, she said: ‘It was absolutely covered in weed plants. I completely freaked out – there were so many plants. I didn’t even go upstairs… I just started crying. I was in bits. ‘I was shocked, jet lagged and haven’t really got over it since. It was a massive, massive grow. It’s not like they just came in and did whatever. It’s just awful. My life is completely trashed, my heart is broken.’ Tanya believes up to 200 plants were being grown, meaning the farm had the potential to bring its operators around £800,000-a-year.

Tanya faces losing her home (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

When she left the UK in September she believed she was renting the home to a South Korean family. The 45-year-old, who dedicated her time to helping run soup kitchens for the homeless in Liverpool before her trip, even reduced the payments after meeting the parents’ baby when they toured the house. Now she fears she was duped by criminals looking for a property to set up their business in.

Unable to pay her mortgage now her rental income has disappeared and facing a repair bill of at least £10,000, Tanya fears for her future. She said: ‘I don’t have enough money to stay here. ‘This is because of what’s happened. These people were supposed to be paying my rent. I’ve had to do it for January, February… my bank just went if you miss one more payment they may repossess my house. ‘This is how easy it is to become homeless. This is how simple and easy and pathetic and terrible it is for me to lose my home – because some massive criminals or crazy people have just come in and taken over my home and have destroyed it. ‘Now I’m the victim. I could become the homeless person who has helped so many homeless people.’

She estimates there was around 200 plants (Picture: AP)

The farm covered every room on the first floor and extended into the loft, with ventilation ducts cut through the floor of the loft into the rooms below. The front room was left untouched – so passers-by would not notice anything unusual and lights were installed behind the curtains of the upstairs bedrooms. Set to timers, they were programmed to mimic the habits of a normal family – with the lights switching on in the evening before turning off when most would be sleeping.

Officers from Merseyside Police dismantled the farm and took away the cannabis after she reported her findings. Sheeting, fans, ventilation ducts, lights and dozens of plant bases lie strewn across her home and her back door has been smashed in. After years of helping others, Tanya is now appealing for anyone who can help her carry out repairs to her home. Asked what the support of others would mean to her, she said: ‘It would be amazing. I know there’s people [who are willing to help] out there because I have been one of them. ‘I know there are beautiful people out there. Just imagine if I lost my house because of this.’

Original Article – MetroUK

 

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