Nearly 200 plants are discovered by officers

A CANNABIS factory containing nearly 200 plants has been discovered in a house in a quiet residential street.

The operation took over three rooms in the house in Moor Road, Rushden, and was discovered when police arrived at the house as part of a routine inquiry.

Forensic investigators spent a day collecting evidence from the house and police are now appealing to the public for help to bring the people behind the factory to justice.

Sector commander Insp Vaughan Clarke said: “Our officers arrived at the home on a routine inquiry on Friday night and it was apparent something was amiss so they used their powers to enter the home.

“Once inside they found 70 plants in one room and 50 plants each in two more rooms.

“Officers protected the scene overnight until they could begin a full investigation in the daylight on Saturday. We haven’t made an arrest as yet but we are progressing our inquiry.”

Insp Clarke said officers in Rushden took the supply of drugs in the town very seriously and would be continuing to target offenders.

He said: “We continue to focus on drug supply in Rushden. We have a number of inquiries ongoing about other premises that we are investigating and we’ll continue to make life hard for criminals.

“There’s a strong connection between drugs and serious acquisitive crime – people often commit those crimes to fund their habit.

“We’d encourage the public to give us any information they have about this cannabis factory or other drugs operations.

“We’ve had major successes in Rushden in tackling drugs and reducing overall crime over the past 12 months.”

Anyone who can help police can contact 03000 111 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.