[M]embers of the public in South Tyneside have helped police uncover a cannabis farm.
The farm was uncovered at a unit in Monkton Business Park in Hebburn after concerned members of the public noticed a pungent smell.
Police investigated and found around 200 plants worth almost £200,000.
Local Neighbourhood Inspector Denise Townsley said: “This is a considerable amount of cannabis that we can only assume was meant to be sold on, and thanks to the information passed to us from members of the public, it is now off our streets. It was clear when officers entered the unit it was a professional set-up and our enquiries are now on-going to identify those involved.
“The issues of drug use are well known and my neighbourhood officers work incredibly hard, along with partners, to raise awareness of the dangers, in particular among younger people. Officers have been working closely with local schools and the youth offending team to raise awareness of the dangers and tackle the issue.
“I’d like to thank the members of the public who came forward and reported their concerns to us, information passed to us from the public is absolutely crucial and makes a huge difference in helping us tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and I would urge people to continue to come forward and speak to us.
“My neighbourhood officers work incredibly hard make our communities even safer and will continue to do so.”
The cannabis farm was found at Monkton Business Park just after 6pm on Thursday, April 13. Anyone with information about those responsible should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 821 240417 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.