Cambridgeshire

Cannabis worth £2m found in Whittlesey factory

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Media captionThe cannabis found at the factory had a potential street value of £2m

Cannabis plants with a street value of about £2m have been found at an industrial unit in Cambridgeshire.

Up to 1,000 plants were discovered at the factory on the Lattersey Hill industrial estate, in Whittlesey, on Monday after a member of the public reported the door was ajar.

Det Sgt Matt Swash, of Cambridgeshire Police, described it as a "well-organised and very significant set-up".

No arrests have been made and police have appealed for information.

Det Sgt Swash said: "It's a vast premises... separated into three very large square units.

'No stench'

"One of our drugs experts said... this is one of the largest cannabis factories he has seen in service."

He added: "There isn't the stench you'd normally expect from cannabis plants, and that's probably owing to the very significant filtering system they've got running through the factory.

"Given the size of this, it's more likely to be a supply for the wider region. This is not a set-up for the local community."

Nigel Truss, from Hanson Brick Engineering, which is next door to the unit where the plants were discovered, said he was "absolutely shocked".

"It's just a normal factory unit and we were told there was some sort of transport firm that was using it just at night, so we'd never see anyone."

He said he was a little surprised when no signage was put on the building, but added: "Some people don't like to advertise what they do, do they?"

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