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Items recovered from Crewe cannabis farm set to benefit local community

Hundreds of items which were recovered from a cannabis farm in Crewe have been donated to the local community.

Compost, fertiliser, and other gardening equipment has been donated to multiple schools, clubs, and organisations in the area following the discovery, rather than the items going to waste.

At around 4pm on Friday 7 June, officers executed a warrant at a former printers on Frances Street, Crewe.

After gaining entry to the building, officers discovered that it had been converted into a sophisticated large-scale cannabis farm.

More than 2,000 cannabis plants were recovered from the disused factory, worth in the region of £1.5 million.

The compost, garden canes, flowerpots, trays, and fertiliser recovered during the operation were donated to some local allotments and primary schools.

Meanwhile, flour has been donated to local nurseries to make playdough, fans have been donated to school offices, and lighting will be put to good use by a pigeon flying club.

The YMCA has also benefited, with compost and other items to be used for engagement with the residents.

Inspector Cliff Goodwin said:

“We are all aware of the dangers and damage that illegal drugs can have on our community, so I am pleased that something positive has come out of this seizure.

“One of the primary schools which received a donation of compost and gardening items said it will make a difference to the children’s education, allowing them to enjoy more time outside.

“This is a great example of our officers acting on intelligence and working together to target the premises, recovering a huge amount of cannabis while re-purposing the items used to grow the plants into something which benefits the community.

“The cannabis would most likely have been destined for the streets both in and beyond Cheshire, so our efforts have disrupted what is clearly a large-scale operation.

“While no arrests have been made at this time, enquiries remain ongoing to identify those responsible."

We would continue to urge anyone with any information to contact Cheshire Police on 101 or visit: 

www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us

...quoting IML-1841929.

Pictured - Children from Gainsborough Primary School in Crewe with the donations.

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