Huge cannabis farm found in chippy

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A ‘SO­PHIS­TI­CATED’ cannabis set up worth an es­ti­mated £250,000 has been found at a for­mer fish and chip cafe.

Po­lice ex­e­cuted a war­rant at the Pala­tine Cafe build­ing on Glebe Street in Great Har­wood and found around 200 cannabis plants spread across a cel­lar and two other up­stairs rooms.

Of­fi­cers also found heat lamps, ex­trac­tor fans, cannabis tents, a £5,000 Amer­i­can dry­ing ma­chine and the elec­tric­ity me­ter had been by­passed.

PC Dave Ren­der said it was ‘prob­a­bly one of the big­gest set ups’ he had seen in Great Har­wood.

The war­rant was ex­e­cuted on the prop­erty on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7 and of­fi­cers found around 100 cannabis plants in the cel­lar. There were also a fur­ther 69 plants and 24 plants in two up­stairs rooms.

It is be­lieved the cannabis set up had been in op­er­a­tion for sev­eral months.

No ar­rests have been made and en­quiries are on­go­ing.

PC Ren­der said: “We have found a lot of cannabis at the old Pala­tine Cafe on Glebe Street.

“There are nearly 200 plants. The value there is prob­a­bly £250,000 but that’s still to be con­firmed. There are plants in a cel­lar and in two up­stairs rooms.

“That’s be­ing dis­man­tled at the mo­ment and will take a few days.

“There are peo­ple we want to speak to and to help us with our en­quiries.

“That will hap­pen in due course.”

Po­lice also ex­e­cuted a sep­a­rate war­rant at a house on Se­gar Street in Great Har­wood ear­lier the same day and found 35 sapling cannabis plants in an up­stairs room.

No-one was in the prop­erty at the time and no ar­rests have been made. Po­lice do not be­lieve there are any links be­tween the two drug farms.

A Lan­cashire Po­lice spokesper­son said: “We car­ried out a war­rant on Se­gar Street and found a cannabis farm. An engi­neer from Elec­tric­ity North West has at­tended.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion call po­lice on 101.

Part of the cannabis set-up found at the for­mer Pala­tine Cafe in Glebe Street, Great Har­wood.

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