Police in drugs farm find

POLICE have launched an investigation after uncovering an industrial size cannabis farm at a town centre house.

Officers were called to an address in Mitchell Street, Hartlepool, at 1.20am on Thursday after a report of a possible break-in.

But when they arrived at the house, the property was insecure and an industrial size cannabis farm was discovered.

A team from Hartlepool Police’s drugs unit were called to remove plants from the property.

It is understood the farm was well developed, with specialist lighting and watering equipment in operation to help the plants mature.

No arrests have been made and inquiries are now under way to determine who owns the house.

The value of the cannabis plants has not been disclosed.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We initially had a call to say there was a possible break-in taking place.

“Officers discovered the premises were insecure, and an industrial size cannabis farm was found within the premises.

“The plants were immediately recovered from the property.

“The Drugs Support Unit are now carrying out an investigation to determine how long this farm has been in operation and are making inquiries as to who the property belongs to.”

Hartlepool Police’s last major cannabis find came back in February, when plants worth around £10,000 were discovered in an industrial unit on the Park View industrial estate.

The biggest-ever cannabis haul in Hartlepool was found in November 2007, where a farm worth £500,000 was discovered in the former MAS Agraa Palace restaurant, in Lynn Street.

Police are asking anyone with any information about the drugs growing in this unit or anywhere else in Hartlepool to call the confidential Drugs Unit Line on (01642) 302181 where a message can be left anonymously.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.