It's a fair crop: Large cannabis farm found growing in former police building in Leeds

An investigation had been launched after a large cannabis farm was allegedly found growing in a former police building in Leeds.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 4:45 am

West Yorkshire Police officers said they made the discovery in the early hours of Monday morning after being called to business premises in Beeston.

Around 50 plants were found growing in offices which had recently been rented out by the landlord of the building, which is at the junction of Dewsbury Road and Hunslet Hall Road.

The YEP understands the premises in question was empty until three months ago.

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The landlord, who asked not to be named, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the plants were found in a building known as Hunslet Hall.

It is next to a complex of self-contained business units which he lets out to around 20 tenants.

Police said they were called to the property shortly after 4am on Monday to reports of "suspicious activity."

The landlord said plants were found in the offices which he had rented out to a tenant around three months earlier.

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He said: "I rented it out to the man and got his details.

"The property needed some work doing on it. I saw decorators coming and going.

"It looks like it's been sub-let."

The landlord said the building was adjacent to the former police station and was once used as accommodation for officers.

He added: "It must be at least 40 years since it was a police station. I know it's been used as a business complex for about 30 years now."

Police are appealing for information in relation to the incident.

"Officers attended and located a large cannabis farm in the property.

"A full crime scene investigation examination was conducted and electrics were made safe.

"Enquiries remain ongoing and anyone who has information about suspicious activity at the address is asked to contact Leeds District Police on 101 referencing police crime number 13210269640.

"Information can also be given online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat