Video: Machete-wielding gang scarper after botched raid of cannabis factory

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Video footage shows three men running away after trying to break into a property which was later uncovered by police as a cannabis farm.

A group of men wielding machetes tried to break into a cannabis factory in Hayes during a late-night raid.

Just before 5am on Saturday, three men, two brandishing machetes, attempted to break into a property in East Walk.

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The gang were filmed wearing hats and masks. Photo: UB1UB2The gang were filmed wearing hats and masks. Photo: UB1UB2
The gang were filmed wearing hats and masks. Photo: UB1UB2 | Photo: UB1UB2

Police say an “informant” disturbed the group before they ran off.

Soon after, several vehicles arrived and two men approached the property in Hillingdon, west London.

Machete wielding thugs tried to break into a home in Hayes, West London. Photo: UB1UB2Machete wielding thugs tried to break into a home in Hayes, West London. Photo: UB1UB2
Machete wielding thugs tried to break into a home in Hayes, West London. Photo: UB1UB2 | Photo: UB1UB2

The men then scarpered when police attended the scene.

Cops arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated burglary following a foot chase.

Burglars attempted to break into a home. Photo: UB1UB2Burglars attempted to break into a home. Photo: UB1UB2
Burglars attempted to break into a home. Photo: UB1UB2 | Photo: UB1UB2

Officers searched the property and discovered a cannabis factory.

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The man was further arrested for being concerned in the supply of cannabis. He was bailed to a date in mid-September.

They fled when they realised they were being filmed. Photo: UB1UB2They fled when they realised they were being filmed. Photo: UB1UB2
They fled when they realised they were being filmed. Photo: UB1UB2 | Photo: UB1UB2

Video on social media appears to show three men, dressed in caps and masks and wielding machetes, trying to break into a property.

When the group realise they are being filmed from a house across the road, they scarper and run away from the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 1403/13AUG.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.