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Were you cautioned or charged please?
Yes i was charged with cultivating cannabis and also intent to supply, the intent to supply was dropped due to lack of evidence, I was fully co-opperative during the search of my property and during my interview, The officer was happy with my interview D.C Steve MacDonald from Uxbridge Police station, But on my return to my property i was a bit surprised as it looked like the place had been trashed by burgerler,s. They smashed all the growing equipment up and left the mess, There was broken glass and soil all over the house, And like i said before i was working in the rear garden and i was refused to pack my expensive power tools away, and they were all missing when i got home.
I know what i was doing was illegal but i think a bit of respect was in order, I,ve got a small dog who keeps running around eating small parts of cannabis which makes her sick, It was all confined to one room before but it,s now all over the property, Also broken glass every where because the police smashed the light bulbs i was using, Then there,s the lost keys issue, and obviously my stolen tools from the back garden. Im not moaning about a couple of screwdrivers, im talking about £600 chopsaws, Skill saws, Inpact drivers, Routers, probably about £2000 worth of tools.
Sadly in terms of the damage done, you can't claim for that.
The law says that if there was wrong doing then any damage done can't be claimed.
It would not be criminal damage as that is 'unlawful damage'. Clearly here they had a lawful reason and you were caught.
As for the tools, possible there is a claim there.
You would need to write to the Chief Constable and make a formal complaint.
You could probably issue and bring a small claim in the County Court
Clearly it would depend whether a Judge would consider they had a duty of care to protect the tools bearing in mind you were growing drugs
A Judge may or may not take a view that they do
Litigation is never certain and I would start by writing to the Chief Constable and making a complaint about the tools.
The damage you can't do anything about as you were acting illegally.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?