Cannabis farm worth £200k uncovered after smell sparks off call

Police say the set up inside the unit was a professional set up.
Police say the set up inside the unit was a professional set up.

People helped police sniff out a cannabis farm packed with 200 plants was uncovered on a business park.

Northumbria Police have sent their thanks to people who helped us uncover a cannabis farm in Hebburn.

A large amount of lighting equipment was also found inside the property.

A large amount of lighting equipment was also found inside the property.

The farm was uncovered at a unit in Monkton Business Park after concerned members of the public noticed a pungent smell and reported it to police.

We investigated and found around 200 plants worth almost £200,000.

Local Neighbourhood Inspector Denise Townsley covers the area and is grateful for the information passed.

She said: "This is a considerable amount of cannabis that we can only assume was meant to be sold on, and thanks to the information passed to us from members of the public, it is now off our streets.

A scene from inside the unit.

A scene from inside the unit.

"It was clear when officers entered the unit it was a professional set-up and our enquiries are now on-going to identify those involved.

"The issues of drug use are well known and my neighbourhood officers work incredibly hard, along with partners, to raise awareness of the dangers, in particular among younger people. "Officers have been working closely with local schools and the youth offending team to raise awareness of the dangers and tackle the issue.

"I'd like to thank the members of the public who came forward and reported their concerns to us, information passed to us from the public is absolutely crucial and makes a huge difference in helping us tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and I would urge people to continue to come forward and speak to us.

"My neighbourhood officers work incredibly hard make our communities even safer and will continue to do so."

Fans were also used to help the cannabis crop thrive.

Fans were also used to help the cannabis crop thrive.

The cannabis farm was found at Monkton Business Park just after 6pm on Thursday, April 13.

Anyone with information about those responsible should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 821 240417 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.