Cannabis farm found

No. 5 Kirkham Avenue, Blackpool.
No. 5 Kirkham Avenue, Blackpool.
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DRUGS worth £26,000 have been seized after police raided a cannabis factory in a Blackpool bedroom.

Officers discovered 65 cannabis plants in the front bedroom of the Kirkham Avenue property after forcing their way in on Tuesday.

The discovery was made after tip-offs from neighbours.

It is estimated the haul could have fetched thousands on the streets.

A 34-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and have now been bailed pending further inquiries.

Today, residents on the street revealed they had suspected something was going on in the property but were surprised by the discovery of such a large drugs operation.

One couple, who did not want to be named, said: “We saw them bringing bags and bags of stuff out on Tuesday.

“It’s not what you would expect down here, further into town maybe but it is surprising around here.

“We could see people going in and out at night and the front bedroom curtains have been closed, but we didn’t know what was happening.”

Another neighbour added: “We had a feeling something was going on, but I’m surprised it was drugs.”

Local resident Kevin Reay added: “I never had much to do with the people who lived there but I saw the police outside on Tuesday.”

Officers from the Tyldesley neighbourhood police team made the discovery along with support unit officers after they executed a drugs warrant.

PC Stephen Johnstone, the area’s community beat manager, said: “It was discovered because of a combination of community intelligence and walking past, because you could smell it outside.

“People do not want drugs in their neighbourhoods – they bring with them anti-social behaviour, health risks and crime.

“If residents have concerns about drugs in their local area they should get in contact with us and we will take action on any information they provide.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.