A FIRE at a house in South Shields led police to a cannabis farm worth thousands of pounds.
Police were called to a house in Lemon Street, Tyne Dock, at 5.43pm on Saturday by the fire brigade.
Firefighters initially attended the address to deal with a blaze, and unearthed evidence of the drugs factory.
Police found 200 cannabis plants were being cultivated in the loft of the premises.
If they had grown to maturity, they could have yielded £1,000 worth of cannabis each.
They have been seized and officers are conducting inquiries into the operation.
Acting Inspector Nick Gjorven, of the West Shields and Riverside Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would ask anyone who suspects there is drug-related activity in their area to contact police.
“Officers are keen to speak to anyone who might have seen people coming and going from the address in recent weeks, and who might have information that could help with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.