A cannabis factory, with an estimated street value of up to £80,000, has been discovered at a farmhouse in Oswaldtwistle.
Merseyside Police made 11 arrests and seized nearly 1,200 cannabis plants on the first day of a month long crackdown on cannabis growing.
Police have promised to weed out cannabis farms after more than 5,000 were discovered in north-west England.
Police forces across our region have launched a crackdown on those who grow and sell the drug. They warn that the last few years have seen a big increase in small so-called cannabis farms springing up in our region - many run from rented properties in the heart of otherwise respectable areas.
In the last three years, police have found:
- 5,120 cannabis factories in the North West
- 345,000 cannabis plants.
- All that has a street value of £140 million
A huge crackdown on people growing cannabis has been launched across the North West.
– Supt Mark Addison Merseyside Police
It's not just happening in and confined to industrial units. It's happening in our communities, it's in peoples bedrooms and lofts. The result of that is its actually bringing that gun crime element into the heart of our communities.
The total number of cannabis plants seized by police across the North West has increased over the last three years.
The regions stats:
- Cultivation offences of 10 or more plants up by 16% in Greater Manchester
- 1,214 arrests on suspicion of growing cannabis in Merseyside in last three years
- 485 cannabis farms in Lancashire alone between October 2010 and December 2011
Police in the North West have appealed to the public for help in spotting cannabis farms in their areas.
Detective Superintendent John Lyons from the Titan task force said:
– Detective Superintendent John Lyons
The public of the North West are our eyes and ears and we appeal to anyone with any information about cannabis cultivation in their area to make contact during this month of action and beyond."
Police in the North West are launching a crackdown on cannabis farming in the North West. Forces have found more than 5,000 cannabis farms in the region over the last three years, worth an estimated £140m.