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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Cannabis farm found on land owned by paper mill in Barrow

AN investigation is under way after police discovered a cannabis farm in Barrow on land owned by a paper mill.

Barrow drug squad said “a number of cannabis plants” were recovered from an outbuilding on land near the Kimberly-Clark paper mill in Barrow.

Police said the discovery was not being investigated in connection to the paper mill, or the tenant renting the land.

A spokesman said: “A number of cannabis plants were recovered. It looks as if someone started to try and grow the plants.”

The spokesman confirmed all plants from the site had been recovered and destroyed but added police have yet to identify any suspects relating to the site.

Crichton Waddell, plant manager at Kimberly-Clark, said: “We’re not aware of the full details of the incident but we’re happy to co-operate with the authorities appropriately.”

Following discovery, the shelter that had been used by the would-be growers was also dismantled.

The discovery on July 1 came days after a region-wide campaign was launched by police forces and Crimestoppers across the north west aimed at cracking down on cannabis dealers. In an attempt to encourage communities to help police, 10,000 “scratch and sniff” cannabis plant cards are being handed out to people across Cumbria.

It is hoped the cards will help residents learn to recognise the smell of cannabis plants while they are growing.

In the past two months police from Cumbria have executed warrants across England, arresting five suspects and recovering £35,000 worth of harvested cannabis bush.

Anyone with information, or who witnessed suspicious activity in the Kimberly-Clark area, is asked to contact Barrow police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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