A crystal meth lab uncovered by police at a Hanwell house has been the talk of the area, a resident says.

Equipment believed to be used for producing methylamphetamine hydrochloride was found by officers at a home in Cawdor Crescent on Tuesday last week (February 18) and a man has been arrested on suspicion of production of the drug.

Joe Walsh, 63, a retired electrician living round the corner in Wildberry Close, said: “We saw a tremendous amount of police around Cawdor Crescent blocking off traffic. We thought there had been a murder or something.

“The next thing I knew, the news was blast all over the place. I’m astonished, it’s a low-key, nice area. The last thing I thought of was something like this.

“I was worried because I did not know what was going on. I think with something major like that people should know.”

Mr Walsh, who has been living in the area on and off for a year and a half, said that people dressed in heavy grey suits were going in and out of the house for four days until they were satisfied they had everything.

He added: “I think life will go back to normal now, I would be surprised if something like this happened again.”

Cawdor Crescent, Hanwell.
 

Police were called to a four-bedroomed property in the quiet residential road after reports of a dispute between a landlord and tenant at about 4pm and spent the following three days in and out and outside of the home.

Neighbours saw officers wearing masks and examining powder as they moved items into the front garden where a blue tent was erected during the investigation.

They described smelling something like paint as police removed bags of evidence and jerry cans filled with liquids.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “A cordon was put around the property and made safe and officers remained at the address whilst enquiries continued.”