Medway raids uncover hundreds of cannabis plants

Cannabis plants found in Stoke Road, Hoo
Image caption More than 800 cannabis plants were found at a disused social club in Stoke Road, Hoo

More than 1,250 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £500,000 have been recovered by police after raids on two disused premises in Medway.

More than 800 plants, with a street value of £320,000, were found at a former social club in Stoke Road, Hoo.

Police said it was thought to be one of the largest hauls of the drug in Kent.

More than 450 cannabis plants were also discovered at a fish and chip shop in Luton Road, Chatham. All the plants were destroyed.

A 38-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged in connection with the production of a controlled Class B drug.

Two other men, both from Dartford, have been questioned on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis and the abstraction of electricity from the premises in Stoke Road.

Both were bailed pending further inquiries.

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