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Cannabis farm seized

24 Oct 2016 11:40 AM

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Police are appealing for information after the discovery of a large scale cannabis farm in Wallsend.

The cannabis farm was found at an industrial unit in Willington Marina in North Tyneside at 10.35pm on Thursday, October 20.

Officers attended and found there was no one at the premises, which were insecure, and contained a cannabis factory with 10 rooms filled with 648 cannabis plants.

Officers have been carrying out enquiries into the incident.

Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton said: "This is a significant find, a large scale cannabis factory and we are making enquiries to find those responsible.

"We're appealing for witness and want to hear from anyone who has any information about the drugs. We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen people coming and going to and from the premises over recent weeks.

"We know such large cannabis cultivation and distribution wrecks lives and damages our communities. It is often the basis of organised criminality which motivates others to commit more crimes including violence and theft to buy these drugs. It's important that we dismantle these large scale cannabis farms and find those responsible for them to help us tackle drug dealing and to keep our communities safe from this harm."

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 1187 of 20/10/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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