Drugs farm shut down

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A CANNABIS farm with a crop of hundreds of plants worth an estimated street value of £100,000 has been shut down by police.

Officers from Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) were alerted to the drugs after a burglar broke into the rented house on Belgrave Mount, College Grove.

After climbing through a ground floor window, the intruder stepped onto thick plastic sheets housing the potent weed.

Acting Insp Lis Walker, of the Central NPT, said: “We got there just as he was climbing out of the window.

“The man, who is aged in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.”

Officers found almost 400 plants in the house last Friday and police said the set up was a professional operation.

The plants were found in different stages of maturity and a nursery had also been put in place.

Officers also seized a large amount of equipment used to grow the class B drug. They also found evidence that one room was being lived in.

Acting Insp Walker said: “Quite often you find that somebody has been brought in to live in property, it is their job to maintain the plantation.”

She is appealing for anyone with any information to contact her team.

To contact the NPT call 01924 293282 or visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.