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Strong smell of cannabis in tiny village as police dismantle huge drug factory

PUBLISHED: 10:26 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 30 January 2018

Cannabis Factory PhotoNorfolk Constabulary

Cannabis Factory PhotoNorfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

Police are still dismantling the huge cannabis factory that was discovered behind the walls of an industrial unit in a tiny Norfolk village.

Police at the scene of a large cannabis farm in Tharston. Picture Pete Walsh.Police at the scene of a large cannabis farm in Tharston. Picture Pete Walsh.

Two people are awaiting questioning over the find of the 1,000 plants and growing equipment off Chequers Road, Tharston, near Long Stratton.

A forensics van and a police car are parked outside the building, while detectives are spending their second day taking apart the operation.

The factory was found at unit four on an industrial estate on Santareen Road. A search was carried out on Sunday at 2.30pm and is continuing today.

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Police at the scene of a cannabis farm in Tharston. Picture Pete Walsh.Police at the scene of a cannabis farm in Tharston. Picture Pete Walsh.

Det Supt Mick Roxby, from Norwich CID, said: “Police came down here yesterday and found one of these units was being used to grow a significant amount of cannabis.”

DS Roxby said the factory was the biggest one he had ever seen and described it as a significant set up.

A man in his 50s and a man in his 20s have been arrested and are at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre (PIC) awaiting interview.

A police forensic van and marked police car are parked outside the unit which at one time appears to have operated as a printing business.

There was a strong smell of cannabis in the air around the industrial estate.

Officers could be seen searching inside the premises while bags of cannabis were brought out of the unit.

The search prompted a lot of attention from neighbouring businesses with workers stopping to look at what was happening.

Not many people in the area wanted to talk about the discovery although one man, who works at a business nearby, said it was a surprise to find out what had been happening.

The man in his 50s, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “During the summer I have smelt it (the cannabis) really bad but we thought it was elsewhere.

“It was a big surprise - I thought it was empty. I honestly thought the unit was empty and didn’t realise there was anyone in there.”

Anyone with information can contact DS Mick Roxby at Norwich CID on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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