A suspected gas leak helped police uncover a cannabis farm hidden in an empty house.
Officers were called to assist a gas engineer on Station Street, Agbrigg, after residents had reported pungent smells coming from a property.
They thought there may have been a blockage in a chimney and needed the police’s help to get into the empty house.
But once officers forced their way in, they realised the smell was cannabis and found 15 plants being grown in a bedroom.
The drugs and growing equipment was seized and destroyed after the discovery on Thursday, December 5.
Insp Richard Clare, of Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT) said: “Officers forced entry into this property after getting reports of a funny smell.
“A gas engineer had been called as they thought there may be a blocked chimney and the building was unoccupied.
“Once inside they have found the cannabis plants.
“We would like to thank the community for alerting us to this property and would urge anyone who notices unusual smells or activities to contact their NPT.”
Police later arrested a man on the suspicion of producing cannabis. He was questioned and has been released on police bail.
Anyone with any information about illegal drugs being used should contact the police on 101.