Cumbria

Abandoned cannabis farm found in Barrow register office

The biggest cannabis farm ever discovered by police in a Cumbria town has been uncovered - completely abandoned.

About 2,000 dead plants were found in the former register office in Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness.

Police estimate the business would have been worth about £1m.

Detectives believe the farm had been abandoned two years ago and want to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the time.

The farm was found by a man who was looking at commercial property to rent.

He allowed himself into the building using keys the letting agency had given him.

'Well organised'

Bags of soil, fertilizer, lamps and the plants were discovered.

Acting Det Insp Mike Brown said the exact value of the plants found was about £500,000 but the business could have been a £1m-plus operation.

He said: "This is a dedicated team of people that have done this.

"It is very well organised and this is a very lucrative commercial venture that they have taken up."

He said the find was "unusual". He added: "I have been to a number in Barrow, but none as big or as organised as this. This is the biggest cannabis factory we have had in the Furness area."

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