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Man arrested as police uncover cannabis farm worth more than £1million

A major cannabis farm with a street value of more than £1m has been uncovered by police.

Around 1pm on Friday officers, with assistance from Lancashire Fire and Rescue, entered the former Central Club in Kent Road, Blackpool after concerns about possible structural issues.

Following a search of the property 1,500 cannabis plants, along with extensive electrical equipment, were found inside across three floors.

During the search a 25-year-old man from Ashford, London, was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

With assistance from Blackpool Council the site was cleared with the plants and equipment to be destroyed.

Insp Cara Leadbetter, of Blackpool Police, said: “The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities.

“It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.

“It’s also really key that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.

“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”