Five arrested after Burnley cannabis haul

Cannabis plants found an industrial unit in Ruskin Street. (s)
Cannabis plants found an industrial unit in Ruskin Street. (s)

FIVE people have been arrested following the discovery of a cannabis factory in Burnley.

Some 200 potted plants were found after a community tip-off led to police stopping two vans near to Burnley town centre at 3-15am today.

A further 400 were then found after officers raided an industrial unit in Ruskin Street.

Five men aged between 23 and 49, from West Yorkshire, were arrested and are being questioned on suspicion of producing cannabis and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Det. Sgt Mark Gillibrand said: “It was a very large and complex set up. There were well over 400 plants which were all between 12 and 18in. high. The unit had been modified substantially to create a number of small rooms and there were some expensive filters and other equipment being used.

“We will always act on tip-offs from the community and I urge members of the public to come forward with any information or concerns they have.”

Anyone with information or concerns about cannabis can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.