Shock at lay-by drugs discovery

A large amount of cannabis was found in a lay-by near Market Weighton on Saturday.
A large amount of cannabis was found in a lay-by near Market Weighton on Saturday.

A mobile cafe owner from Market Weighton has spoken of her “shock” after discovering a large haul of cannabis dumped in a lay-by.

Jayne Thompson, who runs Noddys Griddle, parked up her tea bar in the lay-by on the A614 near Market Weighton at about 8am on Saturday and found about 10-15 black bags inside a bulk bag.

The cannabis find

The cannabis find

She opened one of the black bags and found cannabis inside, and called the police straight away.

Police have confirmed that cannabis growing equipment as well as cannabis had been dumped in the lay-by.

Miss Thompson, 42, said: “I was shocked. I have worked in this lay-by for three-and-a-half years and you don’t expect to find that.”
“I only opened one bag. The smell just hit me. There were lots of bags, maybe 10-15.”

Humberside Police said a member of the local communities policing team visited the lay-by and confirmed the discovery and then arranged with East Riding Council to remove the waste. The council removed the cannabis and equipment on Tuesday.

The lay-by near Market Weighton

The lay-by near Market Weighton

An East Riding Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a large amount of illegally dumped items were removed by the council this morning [Tuesday] from this location, and have now been safely disposed of.”

A Humberside Police spokesperson added: “This is an isolated incident and there has not been other fly-tipping of this nature reported to the police.

“Humberside Police take the cultivation of cannabis seriously, especially when it is grown on a commercial scale. In these cases the force executes warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act to seize cannabis and growing equipment, while bring those responsible for this type of cultivation to justice.

“We are aware that the community are concerned about drug dealing and are committed to supporting the public by not only tackling drug dealing, but also the associated criminality and anti-social behaviour linked to drug use.

Shocked...Mobile cafe owner Jayne Thompson.

Shocked...Mobile cafe owner Jayne Thompson.

“We work together with local authority partners to raise awareness in the dangers of numerous drugs through education and support those using drugs with their dependency.”

Members of the public are urged to report any information about drug dealing or cultivation to Humberside Police by calling 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.