Police raid drug factory

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POLICE have shut down a drugs factory used to grow cannabis.

Officers raided a four-bedroom house on Central Beach in Lytham after a tip off from the public.

Once inside, they discovered equipment used for cultivating the Class C drug and 64 empty growing pots, each of which would have been used to grow one cannabis plant.

Lytham St Annes community beat manager, PC Andrew Johnson, said the evidence suggested whoever was growing the plants had removed them from the house just days ago.

He said: “We found a bag of cannabis leaves which had just been harvested.

“This was a large house and substantial set-up.

“Some of the equipment was switched on and operating when we entered the house, and I believe that cannabis plants had been harvested in the past few days. It was a good set up – they knew what they were doing.”

PC Johnson said the police team had been tipped of by the public at the weekend and carried out the raid on Wednesday.

He added: “We literally got the information on Saturday. We worked quickly using community information and our 
own investigations.”

The officers have cleared the house of the equipment, and sent the metal off to be recycled.

But PC Johnson said the work was not over yet.

He added: “We are still involved with the investigation, and have a couple of leads as to who was 
living at the property at the time.

“We’re on their tails.

“We know the misery drugs can bring to a community and we are determined to do everything we can to remove them. We rely on the public’s continued support and I urge anyone with information or concerns to contact us.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing or supply can contact police on 101.