Cannabis haul at raid on farm

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A £60,000 cannabis factory was discovered during a raid on an Over Wyre farm.

Police discovered the cultivation along with several pieces of high value jewellery at the property in Hambleton at around 6.30pm on Friday.

The well-established crop, found in a garage on Cutts Lane, was seized by officers, along with a large quantity of cash and jewellery.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled class B drug and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Sgt James Pinder, from Wyre Police, described the haul as a “significant seizure”.

He added: “This cannabis cultivation has now been prevented from making its way into the drugs supply chain.

“We are committed to taking action against those who we suspect to be involved with illegal drugs.

“I would urge residents to work with us and report any suspicious activity.”

Hambleton and Stalmine With Staynall councillor Lynne Bowen said rural areas were having regular problems with drugs coming in.

She added: “I think it is fantastic the police are keeping an eye on this, especially in the rural areas where there are problems with drugs coming over.

“It is great we are having some good results, the police are keeping their finger on the pulse, but I’m surprised at the quantity of cannabis found, it is amazing they can do this sort of thing.

“We don’t get many complaints from residents about this sort of thing, which is good news.

“However any drugs in the area is not good, I don’t want to think of them being supplied to children in the area.”

In 2007, police discovered a £1m cannabis factory housed in the Wardleys building on the banks of the River Wyre between Hambleton and Staynall while it was operating as a Chinese restaurant under different ownership.

More than 1,500 cannabis plants were found growing in nine rooms at the former pub in what was the biggest haul of cannabis ever found in the county at that time.

Information about drugs can be reported to the police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.