£24k cannabis factory raided

Cannabis plants found in the basement of the property in Osborne Road, South Shore (below) that was also a tattoo parlour.
Cannabis plants found in the basement of the property in Osborne Road, South Shore (below) that was also a tattoo parlour.
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AN illegal tattoo parlour, where police uncovered around £24,000 of cannabis plants, has been shut down by council officers.

A 55-year-old man was today being questioned by detectives after officers discovered cannabis, amphetamine, needles and tattoo equipment in the house in South Shore.

Police and Trading Standards officers unearthed the haul of around 61 cannabis plants in a basement after raiding the property on Osborne Road yesterday morning.

Blackpool Council immediately closed the property down when they discovered fire safety issues, a lack of proper sanitation and the suspicion of electricity subtraction.

Tattooing needles, ink and guns were found discarded close to dirty needles and drug paraphernalia. Five laptops and three bikes were also seized by police.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing and public protection, said: “We’ve done an awful lot of work to close down those suspected of operating illegal tattoo parlours and to educate people about the dangers of tattooing in unsafe conditions.

“I am therefore very pleased officers have taken action over these premises.

“We do not want this type of operation running in Blackpool.”

The premises is a rental property within Blackpool’s selective licensing area and therefore was being closely monitored by the council’s housing enforcement team.

Sgt Paul McCurrie, from Lancashire Police, said: “It has been raised as quite a problematic address and the work we have done with the council and other agencies has been very effective.”

The 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, possession of amphetamine and cannabis cultivation.

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