Police uncovered a sophisticated, large-scale cannabis factory after responding to reports of a burglary.
Officers were called to a disused restaurant in Carlton Road, Worksop, shortly before 12.30am yesterday (Thursday) morning when the break-in was reported.
Although they didn’t find anyone inside, they did find around 600 young cannabis plants and an array of sophisticated growing equipment.
The plants will now be taken away and destroyed and the equipment will be put beyond use.Investigations continue to trace those responsible for both the cannabis production and the burglary.
Inspector Neil Bellamy, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a very large and sophisticated cannabis grow that people had clearly spent a very great deal of time and money to establish. The plants we found were still very young but in a few months’ time they could have produced a crop worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“It’s actually a property we’d been watching for some time so whoever decided to break into it actually did us a favour and spared us having to get a court warrant to take a closer look.
“I am aware that some people will claim that this is ‘only a bit of weed’ but cannabis cultivation on this kind of scale is a very serious offence that is often linked to organised criminality and serious associated offences such as people trafficking and modern slavery.
“It is not something we will ever turn a blind eye to. So if you are involved in this kind of activity please know that we may well be watching you already and we could be paying you a visit in the near future. I’d also like to pay tribute to the tenacity and inquiring nature of the officers involved who got a great result on this case.”