Huge cannabis farm discovered after police raid Leyland business park

A cannabis farm has been uncovered after a police raid on a Leyland business park.

Thursday, 29th August 2019, 9:15 am
Updated Thursday, 29th August 2019, 10:15 am
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service helped police gain access to the shuttered units this morning (August 29)
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service helped police gain access to the shuttered units this morning (August 29)

Police descended on the business premises in Talbot Road, Chandler Business Park, off Golden Hill Lane in Leyland at 7.25pm yesterday.

The business was raided after police received an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public.

Officers remain at the scene this morning as the process of removing hundreds of plants and related equipment from the building continues.

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Lancashire Police described the drugs bust as 'significant', with hundreds of plants discovered at various stages of growth.

A police spokesman said: "We received a report about a cannabis farm at a business address in Talbot Road, Leyland yesterday evening.

"Officers executed a drug warrant at the address and discovered a significant amount of cannabis plants inside the premises.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service helped police gain access to the shuttered units this morning (August 29)

"We do not have details on the total amount of plants at this stage, but it is believed to number in the hundreds.

"No arrests have been made. Enquiries are on-going."

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene in the early hours of this morning to help police gain entry to the units.

An LFRS spokesman said: "We assisted the police on a gaining entry call at 00.48am this morning on Talbot Road, Leyland.

A number of units, including a storage facility, have been raided by police in Talbot Road Industrial Estate, Leyland

"Crews from Leyland and Penwortham attended."

Police remain at the scene as an investigation into the illegal drug operation continues.

Martin Vamplew, 44, from Leyland, is the director of an IT consultancy firm whose signage appears on one of the units.

The Post contacted Mr Vamplew, who said he was 'shocked' after being informed of the raid.

SAP IT, whose signage appears on a unit, said it vacated the premises 10 months ago and has no involvement in any criminal activity at the site

"It's the first I've heard about any raid or drug farm, but we are no longer situated at the site, so I wouldn't know what's going on there.

"We vacated the site in November last year, so we've not had any connection with the unit in nearly a year.

"I'd like to stress to people that this has nothing to do with our business, it's just our old sign that remains on the unit."

News of the raid also came as a shock to Ultra Storage, who manage the unit next door.

The manager of the unit, who does not wish to be named, said he was unaware of any raid or illegal activity at the site.

He said: "This is news to me. I'm not aware of any drug raid or cannabis farm at the unit. I'll be contacting the police today to find out what's happened."

Lancashire Police said 'hundreds' of cannabis plants have been seized from the premises in Talbot Road Industrial Estate

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Police raided the business units in Talbot Road, off Golden Hill Lane, after receiving an anonymous tip-off last night (August 28)