CANNABIS plants with a street value close to £1m have been seized by police in one of the biggest drugs finds ever made inSouth Tyneside.
More than 650 plants of varying sizes were discovered in rooms above the former La Rossa Italian Restaurant in Fowler Street, South Shields, on Wednesday night.
Police spent all of yesterday dismantling the drugs farm and removing the plants from various rooms spanning four floors within the building, filling three skips with lighting and heating equipment.
As well as cannabis plants, bags of cannabis leaves that had started the drying-out process were also found.
The drugs farm was discovered after police on patrol were alerted to a property being insecure.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with the find yet.
Inspector Peter Sutton, of the Riverside and West Shields neighbourhood policing team, said: “Inquiries are still ongoing and are at a very early stage, but we are determined to find those responsible.
“This has been a substantial amount of cannabis that has been prevented from hitting the streets of South Tyneside, thanks to the hard work and diligence of our officers.
“We take the issue of drugs extremely seriously and actively encourage anyone who has information on drug use to contact police.”
Anyone with concerns about drug supply or use in their neighbourhood can contact police on 101 ext 69191, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or speak to their neighbourhood policing team.