A suspected burglary which saw occupants jumping from the window of a Great Barr house led to the discovery of a cannabis farm.
Neighbours reported a gang of hooded men attempting to break into the house on Curbar Road in the early hours of Thursday morning (April 29).
During the attempt it is believed an occupant jumped from an upstairs window before the raiders gained entry. The five or six hooded men were then seen leaving with bags in their arms.
When police arrived they discovered around 70 cannabis plants and the electricity supply to the house bypassed.
BirminghamLive was told the driveway at the property had previously been dug up by men in an unmarked van.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “We just saw police and activity. Someone jumped out from the upstairs window as five people tried to break in, they were after cannabis we heard.
“We heard these people had come at about 2-3am, went to the back of the house over the extension. When they got in, the resident in the upstairs bedroom jumped out and ran off. They emerged with bags of stuff in their hands.
“We don’t know who exactly lives in that house, we’ve seen the odd person come in and out. A woman lived there a while ago with her son. She passed away and the son sold the house.
“These new people moved in and we didn’t even hear any banging or construction work which was strange. It was very quiet
“One day some men came in a big white van and started digging the driveway up. The van had no signs or logos however.
“After the cannabis was found inside, real electrical engineers came and cut the power to the house. We experienced power cuts yesterday as well.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “This has never happened on this road before. It feels quite scary because the house is so close to us. It is quite nerve racking but what can you do?”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “We were alerted to a break-in at a property on Curbar Road, Great Barr at 3.30am yesterday (29 April).
“Officers discovered approximately 60 to 70 cannabis plants. Western Power were called to make the site safe as the electricity supply had been illegally bypassed.
“No-one was at the address and our enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat or by calling 101. Quote 20/545981/21.”