Police arrested three suspected burglars and discovered a cannabis factory after being alerted to reports of a break-in.
Officers were called after a resident spotted a group of masked men smashing their way into a house in Burford Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, at around 5am on Wednesday (6 December).
Two suspects were spotted close to the scene and pursued by officers after they began to run.
One man was detained quickly and another was found a short time later hiding underneath a van in Laurie Avenue and armed with a baseball bat.
Other officers detained a third man who was driving a car close to the scene.
When officers went inside the property which had been broken into, they found a large cannabis grow.
Around 100 cannabis plants were growing in a downstairs room with further plants located in other rooms.
Cannabis was also found being dried on washing lines in upstairs rooms.
Three men, aged 20, 27 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. The 20-year-old was further arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
Detective Sergeant Nigel Malik, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“Cannabis grows like this can be a magnet for other criminals and that is one of the reasons we take them so seriously.
“The production of this drug is invariably linked to wider, organised criminality and can also create issues and dangers for people living in our communities.
“Unsuspecting neighbouring families are often put at risk by criminals who target the crop to steal the plants.
“Officers were quickly at the scene of this break-in, which has allowed us to detain three suspects, discover the grow, seize the plants and put this drugs factory out of action.
“Our inquiries remain ongoing and anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 45 of 6 December 2023, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
All the cannabis seized from the address will be destroyed and the equipment put out of action.