One woman growing cannabis in her council estate was visited by local criminals demanding she paid them a tax of her profits. She ended up chasing them out of her house with a baseball bat. Potter said he also spoke to a young couple who were expecting a baby who had their home raided by a gang who stole their plants. When they went to the police they were promptly arrested.
“Once we were shot with an air rifle and one of the boys lost his eye. One of them in Derby tried to spray me with acid from a big coke bottle but I protected myself with a curtain.”
Despite these and other similarly horrific instances of people being murdered for what are essentially plants, most cannabis farm thefts are carried out without the need to resort to extreme violence. Because this is a crime that is happening so regularly that it is now a profession. Often, thieves find no-one at home, or those looking after grows are let off without being attacked. Most weed stealers want to get out with the illegal plant booty as quickly and quietly as possible.
“I never said no to a job, I was good at breaking into places. We usually went in there with balaclavas, three or four of us, always at night.”