Hereford & Worcester

Men deny turning Drakelow Tunnels into cannabis factory

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Image caption The Drakelow Tunnels were built as a factory during World War Two, producing parts for aircraft engines

Two men have denied turning a former nuclear bunker into a cannabis factory.

More than 400 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £650,000 were seized from Drakelow Tunnels, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire in November 2013.

Wayne Robinson, 39, and Jason Whiley, 45, denied charges related to drug production and were granted bail at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.

A provisional trial date has been set for 19 October.

Mr Whiley, of Thorns Avenue, Brierley Hill, pleaded not guilty to a charge of being concerned in the production of cannabis.

Mr Robinson, of Marlpool Lane, Kidderminster, denied charges of permitting a premises to be used for producing a class B controlled drug and one count of acquiring or possessing criminal property.

He also denied a charge of possessing a shotgun without a licence, but admitted possessing ammunition without a certificate.

Police discovered the cannabis plants in the three-mile network of tunnels, alongside hydroponic equipment.

The Drakelow Tunnels were built as a factory during World War Two and during the Cold War were designated as the possible site of a regional seat of government in the event of a nuclear attack.

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