Police discover £1.2million 'cannabis farm' during burglary callout

Police discovered a suspected cannabis farm worth in the region of £1.2million while responding to reports of a burglary. Officers went to a property on Wednesfield Road, in Pleck, around 2.15am on Wednesday (May 1) where they found around 1,200 plants growing inside.

No one was at the address and police seized the illicit crop which will be destroyed. They are appealing to anyone who has information to contact them urgently.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "We were called to a property in Wednesfield Road, Pleck, at around 2.15am yesterday (Wednesday) following reports of a burglary. Officers entered the premises after a suspected cannabis grow was identified inside and around 1,200 plants were seized.

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"These have been removed and will be destroyed following forensic examination. No one was found at the property and investigations are continuing."

Cannabis farms are very dangerous places and pose a serious risk of fire. Often the electricity meter has been bypassed and seriously overloaded electrical circuits run close to water-filled pipes.

Plants grown upstairs in a building can also cause floorboards to rot, presenting the danger of collapse. Sometimes the people working in the ‘farms’ are victims of human trafficking and working against their will.

Anyone with information should contact police or call 101, quoting crime reference 20/439318/24.