£ 165,000 cannabis farm discovered by firefighters after townhouse fire
A huge cannabis farm has been discovered after a fire ravaged a house in Middlesbrough.
Firefighters rushed to the scene on Lothian Road after reports of smoke coming from the roof on Sunday.
A small electrical fire was discovered on the upstairs landing, believed to be caused by faulty wiring.
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In total, around 200 plants, estimated at £ 168,000, have been found.
The plants were all at different stages of growth.
Cleveland Police released a statement on the incident, saying “the result could have been tragic.”
Sergeant John Sproson of the Middlesbrough Neighborhood Team said: “This shows the danger of cannabis farms.
“Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident, however, if the fire had set in and spread along the other terraced houses on the street, the outcome could have been tragic.
“We encourage anyone who may have information regarding any suspicious activity, or addresses where they believe cannabis may be cultivated, to call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Officers were able to collect some of the compost from the addresses and deliver it to local residents on Faraday Street to support the renovation of their lane.
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