Yesterday, we reported on Essex Police’s Operation Velo initiative that has put Bobbies back on their bikes in Southend – and the cycling cops have wasted no time in sniffing out crime and feeling some collars.
On Sunday evening, PC Paul Sheldrake and PCSO Luke Gamman, both members of the Operation Velo team, were patrolling the Woodgrange Estate on their bicycles when they smelt something suspicious.
Following his nose – literally – PC Sheldrake tracked the pungent aroma to an address on Woodgrange Drive, where he discovered a cannabis factory.
According to local newspaper the Echo, four men in their twenties were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, two from Southend and two from London. Some 4 cannabis plants were also seized.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.