Tyne & Wear

Cannabis farm found at Hadrian Enterprise Park dismantled

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Media captionNorthumbria Police said the operation had been difficult because of asbestos inside the premises

An industrial unit found in the Tyne Valley containing more than 1,000 cannabis plants has been dismantled.

Officers with a search warrant raided the unit at Hadrian Enterprise Park in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, on 16 February.

Inside they found 1,153 plants, with a street value of about £200,000, and cultivation equipment.

On Thursday the unit was secured by Northumbria Police and the farm has now been dismantled.

Police said dismantling the farm was a "difficult operation" because of asbestos inside the premises and a "dangerously overloaded" electricity supply and live wires throughout the building.

Ch Insp Peter Reeve said: "I want to reassure people we're doing everything we can to find out who is responsible for setting up this cannabis farm.

"There's no place for this sort of activity in our communities."

The plants have been destroyed by police.

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