Over in Harborne in Birmingham, in late 2012, a former bingo hall was the subject of another police investigation. When officers raided the High Street premises, they discovered 40 cannabis plants in the attic, along with 10-15 kilos of dried leaves. The warrant was executed when community support officers in the area noticed a strange odour emanating from the building, and noticed some rather unusual behaviour. Subsequently, two men (aged 38 and 54) were arrested on suspicion of cultivating the illegal plants, although they have been released on bail whilst enquiries continue. Detective Constable John Hamilton, from the local drug investigation team, said that the drugs farm was being cultivated “in the heart of the community” in an empty building that is passed by hundreds of people every day. He reminded members of the public to inform the police of any suspicious behaviour in their area, to help them close down illegal operations of this sort.
In happier news, earlier this month, two giant jackpots were won at two Cumbrian clubs. One lucky player picked up £28,500 at Whitehaven’s Opera Bingo on a Sunday night, followed by another lady landing a win of £23,000 at a club in Workington on the following Tuesday. Neither woman wants to be identified, but we’ll bet they’re busy celebrating an amazing start to the New Year! A spokesperson for Opera Bingo said that last time two big winners were created in such a short space of time, they were immediately followed by a third sizeable win at another of their clubs. So, if you live in the area, maybe history will repeat itself…?