Hereford & Worcester

Whitbourne shooting: Police find 'large scale' cannabis farm

Cannabis plants being removed
Image caption Cannabis plants and firearms have been removed from a property in Whitbourne

Investigations into a shooting have uncovered a "well-organised, large-scale cannabis cultivation operation", police have said.

A man in his 20s was found with gunshot wounds when police were called to Leigh Sinton, Worcestershire, on Wednesday.

A man in his 60s from Whitbourne, Herefordshire, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police have removed what they said were 50 cannabis plants and legally-held firearms from a property in Whitbourne.

The man in his 60s was also being held on suspicion of the cultivation of controlled drugs.

A woman in her 50s was being held on suspicion of cultivating controlled drugs.

The shooting is being linked to a burglary in Whitbourne.

A man in his 20s was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of burglary.

Wounds to leg

West Mercia Police said they made another arrest overnight. The man, also in his 20s, was arrested at an address in the West Midlands and is now being held on suspicion of burglary.

The police said they were not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the two incidents on Wednesday night.

Det Ch Insp Andy Hughes said: "Our investigation into the events of Wednesday night is ongoing and the scene in Whitbourne remains cordoned off while forensic officers continue their work.

"Reassurance patrols will continue in Whitbourne and Leigh Sinton over the weekend and officers will be happy to discuss any concerns that people may have.

"This is a complex investigation and we are continuing to look at a number of possible lines of inquiry. One of these is whether the individuals involved knew each other prior to the events.

"We remain keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have information about either of these incidents - which occurred between 19:30 and 20:30 BST on Wednesday.

"We are now especially keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a light-coloured or silver car - possibly a Honda Civic - in and around the Leigh Sinton or Whitbourne areas on Wednesday night.

The shot man is being treated at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for gunshot wounds to his leg.

He remains in a serious but stable condition.

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