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Lorry full of cannabis found on fire in Rochdale

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Image caption The lorry driver told police he had been assaulted and his vehicle had been stolen

A lorry full of cannabis had been found on fire in Rochdale.

It was discovered on Sunday night after the driver turned up at a takeaway two miles away in Shaw, Oldham with serious facial injuries, police said.

He said he had been assaulted and his vehicle had been stolen.

When police and fire crews got to the lorry on Huddersfield Road, near Cherry Top Farm, they found the vehicle on fire and a "significant amount" of cannabis inside the trailer.

A "large amount of fumes" were coming from the lorry, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs but has since been released without charge.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Det Insp Joanne Reid it was a "very unusual and complex case".

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