Huge drugs farm found in heart of Nottingham city centre
HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were found growing in a cellar in the heart of Nottingham city centre yesterday.
Police raided the farm beneath a building in North Circus Street and discovered 546 plants – thought to be one of the biggest hauls of the drug ever found in the city.
Officers dismantled the cannabis farm during the afternoon as stunned business workers and shoppers looked on. It was found yards from attractions and businesses, including Nottingham Playhouse, and Maid Marian Way.
One man who saw the raid unfold at around 8am said: "The police had a dog with them and the big red door breaker, and they all had head gear on as they went in."
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The passer-by, who asked not to be named, added: "I saw them going through the door off the street and then some of them waited outside.''
Cannabis farms have been found in quiet Notts residential streets and rural buildings, but are rare in the city centre.
Sergeant Richard Shaw, of Notts Police, who was involved in the raid, said: "We do find grows in the city centre and urban areas but certainly not normally of this size."
One man living in a flat at Mia House in the street said: "There has been an awful smell and I noticed heat as well. It was only a matter of time before something happened."
The man, who asked not to be named, said: "I've never seen anyone going in and out of there and it's a bit scary."
Police entered the cellar through a door and alleyway off the street and forced their way through a second door. Inside, light and water systems had been set up for the plants in a series of cramped rooms.
David Brown, media officer at Nottingham Playhouse, said: "We're gobsmacked by it. Nothing had ever come up and no one had noticed it."
A police spokesman said two men aged 18 and 25 were arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis during the raid.
On July 5, £16,000 of cannabis was discovered in a caravan at Danes Hill, Lound, near Retford. The day before, more than 100 suspected cannabis plants were found at a property in Hucknall Road, Sherwood.
And in April, a raid on a house in Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, uncovered around 100 plants worth around £100,000.