Calls have been made for a heightened police presence after the discovery of two cannabis factories.
Police discovered 160 cannabis plants had already been harvested in a raid in an industrial estate in Latchingdon on Saturday.
The following morning police then raided a residence in Maylandsea, seizing 60 cannabis plants and arresting a man.
Police do not believe the two cannabis factories are linked.
Cllr Bob Boyce has now called for more police to patrol the Dengie to stop the growth of more cannabis factories.
He said: “I am always concerned about this sort of thing happening on my doorstep."
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