Suspected cannabis plants found on allotment site

MORE than 100 suspected cannabis plants were found when police swooped on an allotment site.

A 28-year-old man was arrested after the plants were discovered on a plot at Burn Valley allotments, in Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool.

Officers from Hartlepool’s Neighbourhood Policing Team swooped on the allotments at around 1pm yesterday.

Police say the plants were found in four different sheds, thought to have been used as cutting and drying areas.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We executed a search warrant at the Burn Valley allotments on Blakelock Road and found in excess of 100 plants believed to be cannabis.

“A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production with intent to supply Class B drugs. “The warrant was carried out by the neighbourhood policing team for the area.

“The plants were found in four different sheds, which were allegedly acting as cutting and drying areas.

“The plants were found both inside and outside the sheds.”

The spokeswoman said inquiries are ongoing into the incident.

She added: “We will continue working with the community to reduce crime and drugs misuse.”

Anyone with information about suspicious drugs activity is urged to call Cleveland Police on (01642) 302178 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.