A NUMBER of cannabis plants were seized after they were found by the unsuspecting owner of a property.

Police were called to a property on Market Street in Dalton after the owner discovered the plants in a space he was renting out, said a spokesman for the force.

According to the Dalton Community Action group, residents have been reporting cannabis smells coming from the area for months.

Dave Taylor, from the group, said: “Residents have been saying that they could smell it from when they were walking past.

“They would say it was definitely a smell of cannabis.

“We told police that they may want to watch the premises or keep their eye on the area a while back.

“Police activity was spotted there last week as we saw the bags of the stuff piled up outside so that must have been the bust.

“We have had an ongoing issue with drugs being used in the area for a while now with the small bags being found."

He added: “It is not just Dalton where this is a problem though, it is all over.

"We just flag up Dalton as it is our local area but drugs is a nationwide issue at the moment.”

Police said the investigation is ongoing and no arrests have yet been made.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “Cumbria Police attended an address in Market Street, Dalton, on the afternoon of June 2.

“Officers attended after being contacted by the owner, who had entered the address which he had been renting out and found a number of cannabis plants on the premises.

“The plants were seized and an investigation is on-going.

“There have been no arrests at this time.

“Anyone with information which may assist officers is urged to contact police referencing incident 104 of June 2, 2021.”