Suspected cannabis farm uncovered in Ripponden

Police clear a cannabis farm near Central Hall, Ripponden.
Police clear a cannabis farm near Central Hall, Ripponden.

HUNDREDS of suspected cannabis plants have been seized by police after a raid in Ripponden.

Officers swooped on four flats in Oldham Road on Friday night, discovering 300 plants along with growing equipment and other drugs paraphernalia.

When they continued the search, they found that the electricity supply to the flats had been tampered with and had to ensure the power lines were safe.

Officers spent most of last weekend at the flats, which had been converted into one property, clearing the plants and equipment.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace those involved.

Sergeant Michael Bowden, from the team, urged anyone who had seen anyone entering the flats recently to contact the police.

He added “It’s very rare for neighbourhood policing teams to find so many plants during one of our warrants.

“Local residents have a key part to play in tackling drug offences because information they provide can be crucial to starting an investigation.

“The vast majority of information we receive about cannabis farms comes from concerned members of the public, and I would encourage anyone with suspicions about people cultivating cannabis to contact us in confidence and we will act on the information we receive.”