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£700k cannabis farm found in ‘derelict’ Birmingham house after scaffolding erected

A £700,000 cannabis farm at a derelict house was smashed in a police raid.

The large operation targeted a property with boarded-up windows in Leach Green Lane, Rednal, on Saturday afternoon, March 6.

Officers seized 700 plants at the address, near the border with Worcestershire. They were alerted after vigilant neighbours saw scaffolding being erected and the locks changed.

An witness who lives nearby said: “Residents have been complaining about the derelict house and low and behold it’s a cannabis factory in Leach Green Lane.

“There were three police vans there on Saturday night when I walked past but on Sunday there were two plus a strange looking wagon with rolling metal doors on the side, I presume a specialist vehicle to take the plants away in.

“There were quite a few very large bags being brought out of the place. You could smell it in the air for a few hours after too.

“Let’s hope this house gets bulldozed finally.”

West Midlands Police said its officers were alerted after a member of the public spotted scaffolding going up outside the home and the locks being changed

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “We have seized about 700 cannabis plants after being called to a derelict property in Leach Green Lane, Birmingham at 12.45pm on Saturday, March 6.

“Officers were alerted by the property’s owner who found scaffolding had been put up outside and the doors and locks had been changed.

“No one was found inside the premises and the plants which have been removed will be destroyed following analysis.

“Anyone with information can get in touch via live chat on www.west-midlands.police.uk, 8am to midnight, or call 101 anytime.

“Please quote crime number 20BW/64649G/21 and to tell us what you know, not who you are call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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