Drugs gang take over footballer Jermaine Pennant’s abandoned £3m home

Footballer Jermaine Pennant’s derelict £3m home has been taken over by a drug gang turned lucrative cannabis factory.

The five-bedroom luxury home was bought by Pennant in 2006 when he joined Liverpool and he lived there for three years before moving to Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

He rented the house for nearly 10 years as his football career saw him move several times, including stints in India and Singapore, before finally retiring in 2017.

But it has been empty since 2020 after Pennant, 39, split from his then-partner Alice Goodwin, 32, and local dealers are suspected of moving in and turning the property into a cash-generating cannabis farm.

The five-bedroom luxury home was bought by Pennant in 2006 when he joined Liverpool and he lived there for three years before moving to Spanish side Real Zaragoza

He rented the house for nearly 10 years as his football career saw him move several times, including stints in India and Singapore, before finally retiring in 2017

But it has been empty since 2020 after Pennant, 39, split from his then-partner Alice Goodwin, 32, and local dealers are suspected of moving in and turning the property into a cash-generating cannabis farm

And it is not the first time that the footballer has given up on an expensive purchase.

In 2011, he completely forgot he owned an expensive Porsche after he left it at Zaragoza train station in Spain for five months with the keys on the seat.

Video posted on social media shows dozens of black bins full of cannabis scattered across the sprawling estate in Hale, just a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s Speke Airport.

The gang installed dozens of electrical outlets and extension cords to supply powerful lamps to promote the growth of the plants and scattered fans throughout the house to spread the powerful aroma.

Row upon row of flower pots are arranged in the living room, kitchen and black-and-white marble-clad bathroom in the property, which is now completely overgrown with ivy and undergrowth.

Video posted on social media shows dozens of black bins full of cannabis scattered across the sprawling property in Hale, just a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s Speke Airport

The gang installed dozens of electrical outlets and extension cords to power powerful lamps to promote the growth of the plants and scattered fans throughout the house to spread the powerful aroma

The footage – posted on YouTube by two city researchers – lasts 35 minutes and the stunned pair can be heard discussing the enormity of the cannabis farm, with no suggestion the men broke into the property as the front door was open.

As the camera pans to the bin bags, one of the men says: ‘Wow, this is ex-footballer Jermaine Pennant’s house and look at the mountains of weeds everywhere. There is so much of the stuff that it stinks.’

The film also cuts to the kitchen of the property, where Jermaine had an aquarium enclosed in a wall, and to the bathroom, where there is a TV built into the brickwork.

A photograph of Pennant sipping from a McDonald’s cup is also seen on the floor before the camera focuses on two giant water shutters used to water the plants.

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Row upon row of flower pots are arranged in the living room, kitchen and black-and-white marble-clad bathroom of the property, which is now completely overgrown with ivy and undergrowth.

MailOnline has checked with the Land Registry and documents filed which confirm Pennant bought the property in March 2007 with a mortgage from Lloyds Bank.

A source said: ‘Jermaine bought the house years ago when he was playing for Liverpool and he lived there for about three years before moving to Spain where he spent some time before moving back to the UK.

Towards the end of his career he played all over England and then ended up in India and Singapore before retiring about five years ago, but in all that time he never returned to the house.

‘It was rented out for years and around 2020 the tenants moved out and it’s been empty ever since – some dealers moved in about a year ago and it was common knowledge that it was being used as a cannabis farm.’

Police raided the house earlier this year and a 35-year-old man was arrested as part of a drugs investigation, but there is no suggestion Jermaine had any idea his house was being used for criminal activity.

Police raided the house earlier this year and a 35-year-old man was arrested as part of a drugs investigation, but there is no suggestion Jermaine had any idea his house was being used for criminal activity

The footage – posted on YouTube by two city researchers – lasts 35 minutes and the stunned pair can be heard discussing the enormity of the cannabis farm, with no suggestion the men broke into the property as the front door was open

A letter on the floor of the hallway, seen in the video, details how Cheshire Police raided the house last month but no drugs were found and no items were seized – despite bags of cannabis still clearly visible in the footage .

Pennant made over 350 appearances during his career for 15 clubs and scored 25 goals, but he also hit the headlines for his activities off the pitch.

In 2004 he was banned from driving for 16 months after being caught over the border and a year later he was arrested again after crashing while serving his suspension, telling police he was footballer Ashley Cole before identifying itself correctly.

He was later jailed for three months but released after 30 days and returned to play for then club Birmingham City.

His house in Hale hit the headlines in 2008 after thieves drove a car through the gates in a ram raid in the early hours and police suspected it was a gang that had targeted other Liverpool players who live locally .

In a statement to MailOnline Cheshire Police said: ‘On 5 January 2022 police executed a warrant at a property on Hale Road in Widnes. A cannabis farm was found inside and a quantity of plants was seized’

That same year, his father Gary was jailed for four years after being convicted of drug dealing.

Pennant and glamor model Alice – a Keele University graduate – split earlier this year after nine years together and has an Only Fans account.

In a statement to MailOnline Cheshire Police said: ‘On 5 January 2022 police executed a warrant at a property on Hale Road in Widnes. A cannabis farm was found inside and a quantity of plants was seized.

‘At that time a 35-year-old man was arrested and has been released pending investigation. In September, officers received further information about a cannabis farm on the same property on Hale Road. Officers executed the warrant on September 2 and after a search, no cannabis plants were found.’

Pennant – who also played for Arsenal and England under-21s in his 18-year career and signed for Liverpool in a £6.7million deal – was unavailable for comment despite several attempts to reach him.

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