How green are YOUR County’s Criminals?


We decided to look at every police force in England and Wales and see how many cannabis plants each had seized in 2017 vs.2018. Using the latest data from the Home Office we were then able to map out which areas appear to have the criminals with the greenest fingers.

Here’s a map showing how many cannabis plants were seized by police force.

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Who would have thought that only 4 of the 44 Police Forces that cover all of England and Wales were responsible for 31% of all the cannabis plants seizures.

Just in case your geography isn’t too hot, here’s the list. And to save you counting, West Midlands tops the list followed by Metropolitan Police, Merseyside, and then Greater Manchester.

Summary per Police Force of the number of cannabis plants seized by police in 2017 & 2018

Police Force Region or Authority Cannabis Plants Seized 2017 Cannabis Plants Seized 2018
Increase or Decrease
Cleveland 3,556 10,626 +7,070
Durham 3,889 7,564 +3,675
Northumbria 19,547 14,679 -4,868
North East Region 26,992  32,869  +5,877
Cheshire 1,125 3,835 +2,710
Cumbria 588 251 -337
Greater Manchester 22,929 23,231 +302
Lancashire 4,916 6,080 +1,164
Merseyside 25,608 24,939 -669
North West Region 55,166 58,336   +3,170
Humberside 2,625 2,713 +88
North Yorkshire 1,568 4,351 +2,783
South Yorkshire 13,203 13,133 -70
West Yorkshire 9,276 11,995 +2,719
Yorkshire and The Humber Region 26,672  32,192  +5,520
Derbyshire 9,901 5,289 -4,612
Leicestershire 22,712 3,632 -19,080
Lincolnshire 242 198 -44
Northamptonshire 529 2,419 +1,890
Nottinghamshire 9,706 11,482 +1,776
East Midlands Region 43,090  23,020  -20,070
Staffordshire 7,430 17,204 +9,774
Warwickshire 1,137 7,960 +6,823
West Mercia 5,702 6,296 +594
West Midlands 34,604 36,316 +1,712
West Midlands Region 48,873  67,776  +18,903
Bedfordshire 2,635 3,574 +939
Cambridgeshire 8,811 13,481 +4,670
Essex 6,602 12,363 +5,761
Hertfordshire 3,463 8,126 +4,663
Norfolk 2,157 3,195 +1,038
Suffolk 1,493 11,777 +10,284
Eastern Region 25,161  52,516  +27,355
London, City of 17 7 -10
Metropolitan Police 19,380 25,697 +6,317
London Region 19,397  25,704 +6,307 
Hampshire 2,133 4,050 +1,917
Kent 4,015 4,429 +414
Surrey 157 664 +507
Sussex 26,019 9,356 -16,663
Thames Valley 4,098 677 -3,421
South East Region 36,422  19,176  -17,246
Avon & Somerset 5,881 5,496 -385
Devon & Cornwall 6,181 4,973 -1,208
Dorset 2,941 3,036 +95
Gloucestershire 931 4,570 +3,639
Wiltshire 889 1,179 +290
South West Region 16,823  19,254  +2,431
Dyfed-Powys 3,178 4,437 +1,259
Gwent 1,739 923 -816
North Wales 1,460 593 -867
South Wales 13,466 14,999 +1,533
Wales 19,843  20,952  +1,109
British Transport Police 532 52 -480
Border Force 17 34 +17
TOTAL ENGLAND AND WALES 318,988  351,881 +32,893

Notes: The data used in the research was from the Home Office Report, Seizures of drugs in England and Wales. Financial year ending 2017Financial year ending 2018.

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