Cannabis factory found at Brighton property after police respond to burglary

Police officers found a cannabis factory containing hundreds of plants and cultivation equipment after being called to a suspected burglary.

Wednesday, 8th September 2021, 6:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th September 2021, 6:06 pm
Anyone with information is asked to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote serial 171 of 07/09.

Sussex Police said officers were alerted by residents about the sound of smashing glass at a property in Dyke Road, Brighton shortly before 4am on Tuesday (September 7).

It was reported that a man carrying a knife was seen running from the property towards Queens Road shortly after. Officers detained a 28-year-old man on suspicion of burglary, and he has since been released under investigation.

A police spokesman said: "At the property in Dyke Road, officers found a cannabis factory containing hundreds of plants and cultivation equipment. Officers were called to guard the scene while an electricity company was called to make the property safe.

"It is estimated that there were six rooms in the property used for growing the plants, with about 50 plants growing in each room. An investigation is underway to trace suspects in connection with the production of cannabis."

Scene of crime officers were called in to test for forensics at the address and to gather evidence. All the plants and cultivation equipment have been seized, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote serial 171 of 07/09.

Alternatively call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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