‘Significant’ cannabis factory discovered next to Bank of England in City of London

Chiara Giordano
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City of London Police have discovered the first cannabis factory in the area close to the Bank of England (City of London Police/PA)
City of London Police have discovered the first cannabis factory in the area close to the Bank of England (City of London Police/PA)

City of London Police discovered 826 plants in the basement of a commercial building following reports of a strong smell of the class B drug.

The cannabis factory, in Throgmorton Street, is the first ever found in the City of London.

It has since been dismantled and two people have been arrested.

Police said the initial discovery was made on the afternoon of 13 January and a warrant was obtained to enter the premises the following day.

Temporary Detective Inspector Andy Spooner, who is leading the investigation, suggested the drugs operation had been set up because the area has been quiet during the coronavirus pandemic.

A view of Throgmorton Street in the City financial district of London, where the city's first ever cannabis factory has been discovered close to the Bank of EnglandCity of London Police/PA
A view of Throgmorton Street in the City financial district of London, where the city's first ever cannabis factory has been discovered close to the Bank of EnglandCity of London Police/PA

He said in a statement: “This is the first cannabis factory in the City, no doubt being set up in response to fewer people being out and about during the pandemic who might have noticed any unusual activity.

“However, this demonstrates that City of London Police continues to actively police the Square Mile, bearing down on any crime committed here.

“We have made two arrests and our enquiries continue.”

Additional reporting by PA

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