Cannabis farm worth in excess of £100,000 uncovered by Lancashire Police near Rossendale

A house that had been "completely converted" into a huge cannabis farm worth in excess of £100,000 was unearthed by police in Whitworth.

Police searched a property on Hall Street, Whitworth in the early hours of Monday morning (June 29) following anonymous tip-offs.

A complex cannabis farm spanning the whole house - including the loft and basement - was unveiled when officers entered the property.

More than 500 cannabis plants were seized by police during the raid, as well as "expensive" electrical systems, heaters and lighting equipment.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "All plants have been seized and destroyed, along with thousands of pounds worth of hydroponic growing equipment.

"With each plant giving an estimated yield of £200-£400, this is a significant disruption to organised crime who use premises like this to fund their activities.

"This operation has cost organised crime easily in excess of £100,000. Thanks to you, we have hit them where it hurts."

The electricity supply to the premises, which had also been bypassed by the offenders, has been made safe again for neighbouring residents.

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More than 500 cannabis plants were seized by police during a raid in Whitworth. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Police have confirmed enquiries are ongoing to identify the operators of the cannabis farm.

Anybody who has any information about crime in their area is being urged to continue using Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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