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Drugs seized after cannabis farm is raided

The cannabis plants found in a house in Harcourt Road.

The cannabis plants found in a house in Harcourt Road.

A cannabis factory worth an estimated £60,000 has been uncovered by police in Blackpool.

A complex investigation involving multiple search warrants and a fly-over by the police helicopter identified an unoccupied bungalow in South Shore that was being used for a large-scale illegal operation.

Officers raided the property, on Harcourt Road, at 10am yesterday, and found more than 150 plants inside each worth approximately £400.

Sgt Phil McVicar, of Blackpool South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said it was tip-offs from members of the public that sparked the investigation.

He said: “As a direct result of information received from the public and intelligence from helicopter fly-overs, a warrant was executed on Harcourt Road and a large number of cannabis plants were seized.

“Information had been received that cannabis plants had been growing and, as a result, we executed a drugs warrant at a property on Hemmingway Avenue, in South Shore a few days earlier.

“Information from there led us to a potential link to a semi-detached dormer bungalow that was under renovation on Harcourt Road.”

A team of six officers from the neighbourhood policing team took part in the raid yesterday.

No arrests have been made following to discovery but police say they will continue to investigate who was behind the Class B drug 
factory.

Sgt McVicar added: “This is a direct result of officers working with communities, taking positive action and sending out a clear message that this will not be tolerated.

“We don’t know the exact value of the plants but it is several thousands of pounds.

“The property has been secured and emptied and inquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information about the find or drugs in their area is urged to call Police on 101.

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