Drug hotel licence axed

A CANNABIS factory with an estimated street value of �14,500 uncovered by police in a Blackpool hotel
A CANNABIS factory with an estimated street value of �14,500 uncovered by police in a Blackpool hotel

A HOTEL has had its licence revoked after a cannabis farm was discovered there.

Police raided the Glendene Hotel on Kirby Road, South Shore, in January and discovered £14,500 worth of drugs on the premises.

Now councillors have stripped the three-floor venue of its licence.

A report to a licensing panel, which met yesterday at The Solaris, said around 500 cannabis plants had been found.

The report, prepared by the police who had called for the review, said: “The first and second floors consisted of bedrooms and bathrooms, with a total of four bedrooms filled with mature growing cannabis plants contained in pots.

“Each growing room had extractor fans fitted to expel the air and the plants were giving off a strong smell.”

The bar area and restaurant were filled with bric-a-brac and the kitchen was dirty with waste food on the work surfaces and water dripping on the floor.

Councillors heard attempts to contact the premises licence holder, David Haworth, had failed.

Inquiries revealed people of oriental origin had been seen coming and going from the premises but no-one was living there and the building had not been used as a hotel for some time.

The committee agreed to revoke the licence but the licensee has 21 days to appeal.