It’s snowing and communities resemble a winter wonderland.
The trees, cars and roofs of homes and properties are covered in a layer of thick snow except one.
The exposed dry bare tiles may be down to an insulation issue or there maybe a sinister reason.
The lack of snow could be due to it being used as a cannabis factory.
Police are particularly pleased when it snows as the heat generated by cannabis farms melt the snow and leave them sticking out like a sore thumb.
Back in March 2018, cops raided a home in Brierley Hill and uncovered a haul of cannabis plants with a street value of £100,000, after they became interested in the absence of snow on the roof.
Tell-tale signs of a cannabis factory include:
*A strong, sweet, leafy odour coming from an address.
*A constant low humming noise.
*Windows blacked out or curtains drawn all day.
*Large silver ducting tubes coming from the property.
*Powerful lights on at night.
*Residents not living at the premises full time, only visiting for short periods.
*Fertiliser regularly being taken to the property.
To report a cannabis farm ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A tweet by Inspector Barton, constituency inspector for Dudley West, said: “Snowy weather is a great giveaway to properties growing cannabis!
“No snow on the roof and a distinctive smell coming from the property.”
West Midlands Police said ‘community intelligence’ had helped lead them to the property, with its mysteriously snow-free roof.
This picture above was taken by officers in Haarlem near Amsterdam, and has been shared on social media by Kingsbridge police, who said: “If we are lucky enough to have some decent snow over the next few days, and if anybody notices a sight like this, can you let us know.”
Police in the UK have been known to use their helicopter patrols to look out for similar suspiciously frost-free roofs.