Britain's historic winter weather is giving away the location of secret cannabis farms

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  • Britain’s historic winter weather has given away the location of a secret £80,000 cannabis farm.
  • Yorkshire police found the grow operation when they noticed it didn’t have any snow on its roof.
  • Cannabis cultivation requires significant warmth and light, normally provided by heat lamps.

Britain’s historic snow and icy weather isn’t just causing disruption to ordinary folk — it’s also proving a nightmare for some operating on the wrong side of the law.

On Thursday, police busted an £80,000 cannabis farm in Keighley, West Yorkshire. How? Because they noticed snow wasn’t settling on the roof the building that hid it.

Cannabis cultivation requires significant warmth, so most illicit grow operations use heat lamps to provide heat and light to the plants. If not properly insulated, this heat can radiate out into the surrounding area, a dead giveaway if it means yours is the only house on the street without snow on its roof.

(Police also use heat-sensing cameras to find cannabis grows in more inclement weather — as do some enterprising criminals out to steal other cannabis growers’ crops.)

Police constable Caroline Foster shared photos of the raid on Twitter, and wrote: “Whilst the snow has kept the burglars at bay it has also helped us in finding some rather large plants.. hmmm I wonder why there is no snow on your roof??”

The police seized more than 280 plants from the property, she said, with some of them reaching more than six feet in height.

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Police community support officer James Butterfield tweeted that the total value of the grow was around £80,000: “Removing this filth from the streets is always great. Knowing that the morons responsible for it are £80k out of pocket is a Brucey bonus!”

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Google reveals how America really feels about guns in two maps

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Gun control is a prominent political issue, especially in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, which claimed 17 lives.

Google Trends maps show which states search more for “gun control” and which search more for “gun shops.”

• In the past year, “gun shops” was a more popular search term in most states. After Stoneman Douglas, the trend has largely reversed.

In America, mass shootings are typically followed by a rush to purchase more guns.

In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, however, something surprising happened. Gun shares actually dropped.

Google Trends has collected data that may bolster that picture. The last week of February, searches for “gun control” beat out searches for “gun shops” in the majority of states (see map above). Kentucky and Tennessee were the only standouts where “gun shops” continued to dominate.

Those numbers stand in stark contrast to Google Trends’ breakdown of search terms from the past year.

Over the past year, more people searched for “gun shops” than “gun control” in the majority of states. The only exceptions were Washington, California, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

This map shows the searches for “gun control” and “gun shop” over the past year:

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The annual data lines up with a trend that has emerged in the wake of many mass shootings. Gun stocks tend to rally when speculation about gun control sends some Americans scrambling to buy more firearms — especially models that seem at risk of being banned. 

Google also found that many searches “focused around the AR15-type assault rifle, which has been used in a number of mass shooting incidents.”

After the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012, the surge in gun purchases was followed by an increase in accidental gun deaths. Gun manufacturer shares also soared after the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017 claimed 59 lives.

But the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day this year prompted retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart to change their gun sales policies – and for more Americans to turn their attention, or at least their search terms, to gun control.

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