A cannabis farm believed to be worth up to £500,000 has been dismantled in Sunderland.
Shortly after 11.30am on Thursday, police were alerted to suspicious activity at a vacant commercial premises on Villiers Street.
Officers attended and found the the drugs factory which had more than 600 plants at various stages of growth split over two floors – with an estimated value of up to half a million pounds. They also found the electricity had been bypassed.
The farm has since been dismantled and the drugs seized, with an investigation now ongoing.
Sergeant Mark Ellis, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was clearly a huge cannabis farm that was being run from a business premises believed to have sat vacant for a number of months.
“We were alerted by a member of the public who heard a disturbance from within, with the windows being smashed from the inside. Our officers have responded swiftly to that information and came…