Police make shock discovery as masked men seen trying to break into Burslem home

Police uncovered a cannabis factory after four masked men were seen trying to break into a Stoke-on-Trent home in the middle of the night. Officers were alerted after the gang - wearing all black - were spotted getting out of a red Land Rover and attempting to get in the address in Barton Crescent, Burslem, shortly after midnight.

They then saw one of the men heading in the direction of Federation Road on foot on June 6. Officers also discovered 106 plants which have since been seized.

Staffordshire Police confirmed an investigation to catch those behind the grow was ongoing.

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A force spokesman said: "We are appealing for information after officers found more than 100 cannabis plants at a home in Stoke-on-Trent. We found the grow at a property in Barton Crescent, Burslem, just after 12am on Thursday, June 6 following reports of a suspected break-in.

"After going to the scene, we discovered 106 cannabis plants. The plants have been seized and enquiries are ongoing.

"Four men, wearing masks and black clothing, were seen getting out of a red Land Rover before attempting to get into the property. Shortly after, one of the men headed in the direction of Federation Road on foot.

"We have seized the Land Rover and are continuing to proactively target those involved in drug cultivation across Staffordshire as part of our Operation Levidrome commitment.

"Anyone with information, or relevant CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of the area at the time is asked to get in touch."

Witnesses should call 101, quoting incident 4 of June 6 or message using Live Chat on the force's website. To stay anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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