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Christchurch Police have urged and landlords and residents to be vigilant about suspicious activity in residential properties.

This comes after another clandestine methamphetamine lab was located recently in a suburban area.

Police executed a search warrant in Charles Street in Waltham, Christchurch last Friday 17 February. As a result of the search warrant, a clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of methamphetamine was located.

James LINES, a 30 year old male, and Marsha WITEHIRA, a 32 year old female, found at the address were arrested and have been charged in relation to the items found for drug manufacturing.

LINES has been remanded in custody and WITEHIRA was remanded on bail.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams says Police are concerned that clandestine laboratories for manufacturing methamphetamine are being used in residential areas.

"These facilities pose considerable risk - not only to the offenders within the clandestine laboratory but also to their immediate neighbours.

"This is a timely reminder for landlords to be vigilant about tenants they let their properties to. We also urge neighbours to be aware of activity in their neighbourhoods, and to contact the Police if they are aware of any suspicious activities in the neighbourhood."

Anyone with information about suspicious activity can call their local police station, or to provide information anonymously call Crimestoppers, 0800 555111.

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