Chislehurst fire house turns out to be cannabis factory

The house fire in Elmstead Avenue, Chislehurst, this morning.

The house fire in Elmstead Avenue, Chislehurst, this morning.

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THE house in Elmstead Avenue, Chislehurst, where a fire broke out this morning was a cannabis factory, police have confirmed.

Police were called to the house at 9.34am and discovered a cannabis factory in the house and a further factory in the garden shed.

A 57-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and illegally abstracting electricity.

She has been bailed until March 27 pending further investigation.

David Dibley, 51, who lives in Walden Avenue metres from the house in question, said: "I am quite frankly shocked as it is a very nice area - there are nice, respectable people here.

"It is something that you do not really expect to have so close to home.

"Drugs bring an area down and lead to increased crime, so it is very bad news, not a good thing."

David Moore, 66, who lives in Elmstead Avenue, said: "I am truly, truly shocked - I never suspected anything.

"The man who lives there walks up the road every day with his dog.

"It is disgusting - there are people down the road with kids."

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6:03pm Wed 13 Feb 13

cookster says...

I understand fireman took 6 hours to put the fire out including 4 trips to the local garage to pick up an assortment of chocolate bars.
I understand fireman took 6 hours to put the fire out including 4 trips to the local garage to pick up an assortment of chocolate bars. cookster
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6:15pm Wed 13 Feb 13

bizzymum says...

Shock and outrage from the neighbours but just goes to show you can't always know what goes on behind closed curtains.

David Moore, 66, who lives in Elmstead Avenue, said: "I am truly, truly shocked - I never suspected anything."

"The man who lives there walks up the road every day with his dog."

That's got to be the quote of the year for me and it's only February. :)
Shock and outrage from the neighbours but just goes to show you can't always know what goes on behind closed curtains. David Moore, 66, who lives in Elmstead Avenue, said: "I am truly, truly shocked - I never suspected anything." "The man who lives there walks up the road every day with his dog." That's got to be the quote of the year for me and it's only February. :) bizzymum
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8:28pm Wed 13 Feb 13

nearly right all the time says...

Any sign of a Fox?
Any sign of a Fox? nearly right all the time
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8:51am Thu 14 Feb 13

Polly Staight says...

"Any sign of a Fox?"

One probably chewed through the wires.
"Any sign of a Fox?" One probably chewed through the wires. Polly Staight
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10:06am Thu 14 Feb 13

the prompromprom says...

every man and his dog knows the profile of cannabis factory operators
every man and his dog knows the profile of cannabis factory operators the prompromprom
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11:49am Thu 14 Feb 13

the wall says...

LOL this is funny the comments are even funnier.
LOL this is funny the comments are even funnier. the wall
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1:03pm Thu 14 Feb 13

TIGGY-LEWISHAM says...

all them plants going up.... imagine the smell.... pmsl
all them plants going up.... imagine the smell.... pmsl TIGGY-LEWISHAM
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2:13pm Thu 14 Feb 13

CoffeCup says...

It does frustrate me that people add silly comments to what could have been a fatal situation, although you are entitled to your say. The man and women that own this house are disgusting and have for year terrorised people in the street with their ways. What they did placed others at risk, what if it had been late at night or early hours of the morning and the alarm was not raised by someone, the fire could easily have spread to innocent people and family’s. No instead these people who others do and will continue to pay for while they are locked up, hopefully for a number of years so that we can rid them of the area are just nothing but sick and carless individuals who prey or people. I am sure the whole of Chislehurst would welcome these individuals not coming back to the point I might arrange a party on the common!
It does frustrate me that people add silly comments to what could have been a fatal situation, although you are entitled to your say. The man and women that own this house are disgusting and have for year terrorised people in the street with their ways. What they did placed others at risk, what if it had been late at night or early hours of the morning and the alarm was not raised by someone, the fire could easily have spread to innocent people and family’s. No instead these people who others do and will continue to pay for while they are locked up, hopefully for a number of years so that we can rid them of the area are just nothing but sick and carless individuals who prey or people. I am sure the whole of Chislehurst would welcome these individuals not coming back to the point I might arrange a party on the common! CoffeCup
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3:12pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Delly says...

Here here coffecup!! They are scum who have made residents lives hell for years. Crossing everything they go down for a long time. Like you say they endangered others and they are so thick they thought they would get away with it. Part of me is laughing that they were so stupid they burnt their house down!! Thankfully no one was hurt. Good riddance to bad rubbish!!
Here here coffecup!! They are scum who have made residents lives hell for years. Crossing everything they go down for a long time. Like you say they endangered others and they are so thick they thought they would get away with it. Part of me is laughing that they were so stupid they burnt their house down!! Thankfully no one was hurt. Good riddance to bad rubbish!! Delly
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3:45pm Thu 14 Feb 13

the wall says...

CoffeCup wrote:
It does frustrate me that people add silly comments to what could have been a fatal situation, although you are entitled to your say. The man and women that own this house are disgusting and have for year terrorised people in the street with their ways. What they did placed others at risk, what if it had been late at night or early hours of the morning and the alarm was not raised by someone, the fire could easily have spread to innocent people and family’s. No instead these people who others do and will continue to pay for while they are locked up, hopefully for a number of years so that we can rid them of the area are just nothing but sick and carless individuals who prey or people. I am sure the whole of Chislehurst would welcome these individuals not coming back to the point I might arrange a party on the common!
Is this for real?

The term ' what if ' is so weak!
and what if there were kittens and a puppy in the house, and what if baby Jesus had seen this.
And what if no one was hurt and what if nothing bad did happen to anyone but the drug growers.


'could have been a fatal situation' Yeah but it wasn't so keep calm and move on in your life.

How many people do you think live in Chislehurst off of drug money?
Also how many people do think take drugs in Chislehurst ?

Take off your blinkers!
[quote][p][bold]CoffeCup[/bold] wrote: It does frustrate me that people add silly comments to what could have been a fatal situation, although you are entitled to your say. The man and women that own this house are disgusting and have for year terrorised people in the street with their ways. What they did placed others at risk, what if it had been late at night or early hours of the morning and the alarm was not raised by someone, the fire could easily have spread to innocent people and family’s. No instead these people who others do and will continue to pay for while they are locked up, hopefully for a number of years so that we can rid them of the area are just nothing but sick and carless individuals who prey or people. I am sure the whole of Chislehurst would welcome these individuals not coming back to the point I might arrange a party on the common![/p][/quote]Is this for real? The term ' what if ' is so weak! and what if there were kittens and a puppy in the house, and what if baby Jesus had seen this. And what if no one was hurt and what if nothing bad did happen to anyone but the drug growers. 'could have been a fatal situation' Yeah but it wasn't so keep calm and move on in your life. How many people do you think live in Chislehurst off of drug money? Also how many people do think take drugs in Chislehurst ? Take off your blinkers! the wall
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5:24pm Thu 14 Feb 13

mouthalmighty says...

Hear hear The Wall. Chiselhurst. Its so nice here. B******ks. Nowhere is nice. You are just blind to reality. Until some one is caught they are respectable. We are all respectable. Please!!!!!
Hear hear The Wall. Chiselhurst. Its so nice here. B******ks. Nowhere is nice. You are just blind to reality. Until some one is caught they are respectable. We are all respectable. Please!!!!! mouthalmighty
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12:26pm Fri 15 Feb 13

madras says...

'David Dibley, 51, who lives in Walden Avenue meters from the house in question, '

Note to editor - think that should be 'metres...'
'David Dibley, 51, who lives in Walden Avenue meters from the house in question, ' Note to editor - think that should be 'metres...' madras
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