A Leeds councillor got more than she bargained for when she headed out on a community clean-up – and stumbled across three bin bags stuffed with cannabis plants.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon found the bags dumped in some bushes on public land next to a road in the Stanmores area of Burley.
She initially thought they contained garden waste until a pungent smell made her realise she had discovered something altogether different.
Coun Yeadon, who represents the Kirkstall ward on Leeds City Council, quickly rang the police to alert them to her unexpected find. And when officers arrived on the scene to collect the haul, they told her the plants were worth as much as “a few thousand pounds”.
“I think the police thought I was talking about a few small bags when I rang them,” said Coun Yeadon. “They got a bit of a shock when they turned up – they had to get a van down as well to take it all away.
“It looked as though the plants had been removed and dumped in a hurry, their roots still had clumps of soil hanging from them.” Coun Yeadon added: “We have done quite a few of these clean-ups and we’d been wondering who would find the most unusual item. Somebody else had already come across a microwave, which we thought would be the winner – but I think it’s safe to say these plants took the honours!”
The community clean-up in the Stanmores and the neighbouring Beechwoods area was held on April 5 and organised by Burley Top Community Association.
A follow-up event in Kirkstall on Good Friday passed off without any further unusual finds. High-visibility jackets and litter-pickers used during the clean-ups were purchased by Kirkstall Valley Community Association with money from a funding pot called Kirkstall Community First.