Kent

Cannabis factory in ex-Kent council building dismantled

Cannabis factory in Dartford
Image caption The cannabis factory took up the two upper floors of the building, police said

Up to 6,000 cannabis plants found growing in a derelict council office building in Kent are being removed by specialist police officers.

The cannabis factory was discovered on the entire first and second floors of the premises in West Hill, Dartford.

The plants were growing in every office, and special lighting and ventilation had been installed for their cultivation, police said.

They are believed to have an estimated street value of between £2m and £4m.

'Comings and goings'

The massive operation was discovered on Monday, and officers are expected to take up to three days to remove all the plants and equipment.

No arrests have been made but detectives have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them.

Det Sgt Rob Haines, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "The sheer size and scale of this operation means people must have been coming and going.

"We are appealing to members of the public to search their minds and think of anything suspicious they may have seen around this building."

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