Conference Combatting the Commercial Cultivation of Cannabis 1st and 2nd May, 2012

John Henderson, (Director of Acorn Properties) will be one of the presenters at this upcoming conference, organised in conjuction with The Home Office, Newcastle University, The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security.  The conference aims to promote discussion between major stakeholders, to help design out cannabis farms and to reduce the harm that they do to our communities.

Details of the conference as follows:

1st May

10:00 – Registration and Coffee
10:45 – Introduction and overview – Phil Butler, Centre for Cybercrime & Computer Security
10:55 – Welcome to the conference – DCC Jim Campbell, Northumbria Police
11:10 – Home Office Perspective – Paul Chadwani, Home Office
11:30 – The results of the National Problem Profile on the cultivation of cannabis – Commander Allan Gibson, ACPO
12:00 – Experiences from the Scottish Crime Drugs Enforcement Agency – Kenny Simpson, ACPOS/SCDEA
12:30 – UK cannabis yield research – Dr David Potter, GW Pharmaceuticals
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Safe Newcastle – the impact of cannabis on the community – Rachael Hope, Newcastle City Council
14:30 – Hazards at scenes – Lee Aspery, County Durham and Darlington Fire Rescue Service
15:00 – Workforce Safety – Ian Logue, ISafely
15:15 – Dedicated cannabis farm dismantling unit – a cost effective solution – Mike Hall, West Midlands Police Dismantling Team
15:45 – Dealing with cannabis farms on Merseyside – Denis Moran, Merseyside Police
16.15 – Tea Break
16:30 – Question Time: An opportunity for delegates to ask searching questions of an expert panel – The Panel: Chaired by Phil Butler, CCCS
Paul Chadwani (Home Office), Commander Gibson (ACPO), Kenny Simpson (ACPOS)
Dr David Potter (GW Pharmaceuticals), Rachael Hope (Newcastle City Council)
Lee Asprey (County Durham and Darlington Fire Rescue Service)
17.30 – Close

2nd May

08:45 – Coffee
09:00 – Expert witness perspective – Steve Dorans, The Serious Organised Crime Agency
09:30 – Operation Viscount – Learning from the activity of organized crime groups – Paul Bunt, Avon and Somerset Constabulary
10:00 – Operation PENNE – A unique approach – Kirsten Jones, Cheshire Constabulary
10:30 – Coffee
11.00 – Capturing web based data to monitor OCG activity – Phil Butler, CCCS
11:15 – Financial loss to the energy networks – Peter Jans-Rat, Enexis – Dutch Energy Provider
11:45 – Technological solutions used in the Netherlands – John Jespers, Dutch Polit
12:15 – Crimestoppers – engaging the public – Nicola Moir, Crimestoppers
12:45 – Dutch scratch and sniff cards – JanCees Neef, Edge Communication
13.15 – Lunch
14:15 – Using RF technology to detect cannabis farms – Paul Deery, Bridge Systems Ltd
14:30 – Advice and support for landlords – Dave Nicholson, ISafely
14:45 – The view from the landlord – John Henderson, Accredited Letting Agent
15:00 –  2012 and beyond – Terry Sweeney, Greater Manchester Police/ACPO
15:15 – Closing remarks and Tea

Conference Venue and Location Information

Venue – The Thistle County Hotel

The conference hotel is very conveniently located directly opposite Newcastle Central Rail Station. This provides
access to all suburban and national trains, and also to the local Metro giving a direct link to the airport.
The address of the hotel is:

Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF. Telephone + 44 (0) 871 3769029

The venue hotel has bedrooms available at a special rate of £85.00 inc breakfast on the evenings of Monday 30th April and Tuesday 1st May, 2012.
There is a web link for booking these rooms at the County Thistle Hotel
We have also secured a number of bedrooms at The Royal Station Hotel (which is opposite the venue hotel) at a rate of £70.00 inc breakfast on the evening of Tuesday 1st May, 2012.
Please ring 0191 232 0781 quoting reference number 432326.

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