Drugs bust nets £350,000 of plants

1,500 Cannabis plants found at the Sherwood Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool.
1,500 Cannabis plants found at the Sherwood Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool.
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POLICE today revealed they found 1,500 cannabis plants in a disused Blackpool hotel which had been transformed into a major drug-growing factory.

The plants were discovered on Monday following a report of suspicious activity at the Sherwood Hotel on the Promenade, North Shore.

Police said the drugs had an estimated street value of £350,000.

Det Sgt Jane Atkinson, of Blackpool CID, said: “The building is in quite a dangerous condition inside so it has taken a few days to carry out a full search.

“At some point there has been a fire in the basement.

“There are holes in the floorboards and ceilings and there is wiring and plugs littered everywhere.

“It would only have been a matter of time before someone was injured at the property.”

Five men have been charged in connection with the alleged growing of drugs at the hotel.