Cannabis factory fire

POLICE seized approximately £1 million of cannabis plants and drug paraphernalia following a fire in Kingswood on Christmas Eve.

The blaze broke out  at a business park in Moravian Road before dawn on Saturday 24 December.

Fire officers discovered what they believed was a cannabis factory at the site. Police gained access and took away the plants. The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

Detective Sergeant Ricky Norman said: “Thanks to the quick response from the fire service and officers on the scene has meant there was no risk of nearby residential buildings from the fire.

“The cannabis factory we have uncovered appears to be a professional set-up and enquiries into who is behind it are ongoing.

“We would like to call on the public to support us in our investigation.

“If you have any information, or saw any suspicious activity around the property, please call 101 and quote reference 5222306102 to the call handler.

“Alternatively, you can report anonymously through independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form.”

If you suspect someone is using, dealing, or growing drugs in your neighbourhood, report it to police. You can call the non-emergency 101 line or report it online: Report drug dealing and use