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Mod4246

Strong Smell Of Cannabis Coming From Communal Corridors

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Mod4246

Ok so this is a real life problem for me ( I understand the disclaimer) but I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.

 

I live in a building with communal corridors to which I must walk up 3 floors to my flat.

 

Each floors mezzanine has a communal door located on each floor stairwell that when opened, leads to 4 flats.

 

So you effectively have 12 flats in the building.

 

As you open the ground floor door to the building you are hit with a strong Smell of cannabis and it is strongest on the first floor. You cannot narrow it down which with first floor flat it is coming from however on the following floors the smell weakens & on your floor there is no smell at all.

 

You have contacted the local borough policing team to investigate as well as make numerous follow up calls to see if anything is done about it, to which you get no normal reply.

 

You have made small remarks to other residents that you see come and go from other floors regarding the smell to which they also have mentioned it is a nuisance.

 

You don't want to let other residents know you're a police officer & certainly don't want to get involved personally so close to your own home.

 

You've contacted civilian authorities such as the local council & building owners to see if they are willing to investigate but they draw a blank as to what to do as you cannot specify which flat it comes from.

 

What do you do?

 

 

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MajorDisaster

Move?

 

Seriously, you've done pretty much all you can at this stage, keep putting in intelligence logs to help narrow down the offending flat and then the cavalry can go in

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Mod4246
Move?
 
Seriously, you've done pretty much all you can at this stage, keep putting in intelligence logs to help narrow down the offending flat and then the cavalry can go in



I love the property, it's just annoying when it's so close to home and tough to act on.

I told the Mrs to listen out for the Big Red Key though.


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Sceptre

Is the smell constant day and night, and is it the smell of cannabis being smoked or a cannabis farm? Is the block council or private? 

Realistically your options are limited without knowing which flat, and the only way to work that out is by ruling out the flats with decent people, families etc in them and doing the sniff test outside front doors - . Once you know where it is then action ought to be taken, and if it's not happening properly then you could consider your Community Trigger right of review, but without it then it's very hard to do much about officially.

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SimonT

If you are getting nowhere, I would consider a complaint. 

Nothing gets police movement like a formal complaint. You could always get someone else to put it in. Could easily get some neighbourhood intervention of some sort. 

Or ask your neighbours to report as well. Strength in numbers 

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Is the smell constant day and night, and is it the smell of cannabis being smoked or a cannabis farm? Is the block council or private? 
Realistically your options are limited without knowing which flat, and the only way to work that out is by ruling out the flats with decent people, families etc in them and doing the sniff test outside front doors - . Once you know where it is then action ought to be taken, and if it's not happening properly then you could consider your Community Trigger right of review, but without it then it's very hard to do much about officially.



The smell of cannabis is strongest in evenings when returning from work so I can only assume it's being smoked as opposed to grown, but as most know. If theirs one offence, the likelihood of others is probably true.

The building itself is private and the agency doesn't manage any others within the building especially on the floor where it's believed to be coming from.

As you can imagine, sniffing out the culprit property is hard as the mezzanine where the four flat doors are based is about 8ft by 8ft so you can imagine the close proximity of them.

Others have complained and I've narrowed it down to one property but I'm waiting to get further information from other residents before doing a community trigger or in fact reporting it to the local borough with the exact address.




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... the only way to work that out is by ruling out the flats with decent people, families etc in them...

Except decent people and people with families also use cannabis.


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Mazza

Intel logs, contact your factoring company to see if they can help. Short of knocking every door with some kind of excuse until you find the culprit, it's not like you can do much else.


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I have a neighbour in my block who also smokes weed which makes the corridor smell.  Frankly  I'm not  bothered, though I will be having a word if I put the flat up for sale at some point.

At the end of the day if you suspect that it's possession/personal use only, as you have suggested, then beyond a knock on the door there's nothing that's going to happen - no police force has the inclination or resources to be putting peoples doors in for personal possession of cannabis!  

Maybe stick a note up in the corridor asking whoever it is to be a bit more considerate, and if that doesnt work then go door knocking until you find the culprit and tell them in person.

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Cbeebies

You could try asking the local postman.

I'm currently a postman and I know exactly which houses/doors/flats are tainted with the smell of cannabis. 

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chaos4122

Try and get a drugs dog to have a sniff around the corridor.. might pick out the right door.

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Sir Penguin
On 17/04/2017 at 19:07, Cbeebies said:

You could try asking the local postman.

I'm currently a postman and I know exactly which houses/doors/flats are tainted with the smell of cannabis. 

That is a good idea. However I imagine in these type of flats all post will either get pushed through the front communal door or left in individual post boxes which are on the way into the property.

If the housing agency aren't willing to do anything and nor are the police then there aren't many more options other than what has already been suggested in this thread.

I assume the most effective way of dealing with this would be for the police to come round, try to locate the smell and then they can give them a knock? I've been called to a similar scenario and we did exactly that. Recall police. 

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On 20/04/2017 at 09:38, chaos4122 said:

Try and get a drugs dog to have a sniff around the corridor.. might pick out the right door.

I can't imagine that being authorised at all...

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chaos4122

Why does it need to be authorised... It's a communal hallway to witch the public have access... The dog is for intel gathering perposes and if it indicates on a door that information may be used for a warrant.

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