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Daresbury Hall: Cannabis farm found at former mansion

Daresbury Hall Image copyright Andy Davis/Geograph
Image caption Daresbury Hall was built in the mid-18th Century

A cannabis farm has been discovered at a former mansion in Cheshire, police have said.

About 600 cannabis plants - estimated to have a street value of £750,000 - were found in an annexe building of Daresbury Hall, Cheshire Police added.

Ch Insp Paul Beauchamp said the drugs "could well have been destined for the streets of Runcorn or further afield".

No arrests have yet been made following Monday's raid, which police said were prompted by "local intelligence".

Built in about 1759, Daresbury Hall is a Grade II listed building five miles east of Runcorn.

It was taken over in 1955 by the charity now known as Scope as a home for adults with cerebral palsy. The residents were eventually moved to other accommodation and the hall has stood empty in recent years.

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Image caption About 600 cannabis plants were found in an annexe building

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