Somerset

Underground cannabis factory found in Somerset

Underground cannabis factory on farmland in Somerset
Image caption Around 130 cannabis plants were found in sea containers buried under farmland

An underground cannabis factory has been discovered by police buried under farmland in Somerset.

About 130 cannabis plants were found in containers hidden under a soil mound near the village of Shipham. The plants are worth thousands of pounds.

Officers found the site using a thermal imaging camera mounted on a police helicopter. They said the factory had hydroponic equipment and running water.

A 45-year-old woman was arrested and has been bailed until April.

Police said the thermal images showed the "footprint of the concealed containers under the soil".

PC Katheryn Forrest, said: "It was a successful day - several departments from the constabulary worked together to effectively locate and dismantle an illegal drugs operation."

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