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

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

Wednesday, 15th March 2017, 10:10 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:36 am
The scene of the fire. Picture by Dave Johnson

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.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/ 2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hastingsobserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.