A MAN has been arrested after police found evidence of a cannabis farm in a Leek house – including plants hidden in a concealed compartment dug into the floor.
Police executed a warrant to enter a property in the Belle View area of the town last Friday, September 13, at 1.57pm.
Following a search, officers found 20 plants in the loft area of the house.
A further 11 plants were also found in a hole which had been dug and concealed under the staircase.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Twenty plants were found in the loft area of the property.
“The 11 plants under the staircase had been concealed in a underground hole which had been constructed.
“Work was being conducted to grow cannabis at the property.
“Due the underground hole under the staircase which had been made there was concern for the safety of the building and the fire service was contacted to assist in the operation.
“One male has been arrested for the production of cannabis and has now been bailed.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent one fire engine to the scene at 5.16pm.
A spokesman for the service said: “One crew from Leek attended a property in Belle View and assisted the police during the incident.
“The crew arrived at 5.16pm and left the scene at 12.06am.
“The fire service acted in a support role.”
Leek Town mayor, John Fisher, said it was a concern when production of drugs was being undertaken in the town.
Mr Fisher said: “Obviously there is a concern when the production of drugs are found in a property in the town.
“One big worry is that what the production of this sort of drug can lead to.
“It can have a big effect on the lives of anyone who becomes addicted to them.
“I am very pleased the police have apprehended a suspect and that these drugs will now be eliminated from the streets.”