UPDATED: Cannabis factory found by firefighters in Marina, St Leonards

The scene of the fire. Picture by Dave Johnson
The scene of the fire. Picture by Dave Johnson

A cannabis factory was discovered by firefighters called to tackle a blaze in St Leonards yesterday (Tuesday, March 14).

East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended a report of a fire in a flat in Marina just before noon.

They called police after it was discovered that the fire was probably caused by a coiled extension lead that was being used to provide power to cultivate around 110 cannabis plants in two rooms.

As a result of the fire, access was gained to a flat below where it had broken out and a similar set-up, with around 100 plants, was discovered there.

Enquiries are now being made to locate the tenants of the two flats and to discover who was responsible for setting up the production facility.

Anyone with information is asked to report online to sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal, quoting serial 424 of 14/03.

Police are interested to hear about the tenants and also anyone seen visiting the flats in recent months.

Alternatively, people can call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crews attend fire at St Leonards seafront building.

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