A man was seen jumping out of the window of an empty property before officers found a cannabis grow.
He was reportedly seen by a passer-by who believed it to be suspicious and stopped him.
Eager to get away though, the man allegedly ran off quickly after a short conversation.
Police were called with the belief that this was an intruder but when they got to the house to investigate they found a significant quantity of cannabis plants being grown.
Officers discovered two rooms built for production and two rooms filled with plants, as well as finding the electricity had been bypassed.
The cannabis dismantling team was called and a scene was put in place at the property while plants and equipment were recovered, following the call to Castle Boulevard at around 12:20 am today (Thursday 12 August 2021).
Officers investigating are now asking for any information which could lead them to trace the man.
Sergeant Bruce Clarke, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’d like to thank the passer-by who challenged the man and raised suspicions about the incident. Their good-natured citizenship led us to make this discovery and means that this stash of cannabis has now been taken out of circulation.
“We take any discovery of cannabis production seriously as it is illegal in its own right, but can also be linked to wider criminality. As well as this, bypassing electricity is a major fire hazard and it is fortunate that this has been made safe now to prevent a potentially serious incident.
“The nature of our neighbourhood teams’ work is extremely proactive and we always look for opportunities to stop any criminality at the earliest opportunity to ensure our communities remain safe.
“The man who was reportedly seen has been described as Asian and he is believed to have been wearing a backpack at the time. We are keen to speak to him as we believe he may be able to help officers understand the circumstances around what has been found.
“Enquiries are still ongoing and we would ask for anyone who saw anything or has any information to get in touch on 101, quoting incident 12 of 12 August 2021.”