Cannabis farm discovered after factory fire

By Liam Keen | Rowley Regis | Crime | Published:

A cannabis factory was unearthed after a fire ripped through a Black Country factory.

The aftermath of the blaze

Police discovered 60 plants at an industrial unit in Doulton Road, Rowley Regis, after being alerted by the fire service at around 1am yesterday.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of growing the drugs.

The fire at the Doulton Industrial Estate. Photo: Dudley Fire Station

The fire service made the find while investigating a blaze which gutted a derelict four-storey factory on the site in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Dozens of firefighters used a hydraulic platform and pumped water from the nearby Dudley Canal to help them fight the fire and access to the site was blocked off throughout.

Lee Bates took these photos of the fire (@Batesy_25)

Police are now investigating after cannabis was discovered at the site.

Craig Hughes, West Midlands Police spokesman, said: "A 27-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of cultivating drugs and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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