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Huge cannabis haul found at Cheshire mansion

The cannabis plants are worth around £750,000. Credit: Cheshire Police

A massive cannabis farm has been found at the former Cheshire county mansion, Daresbury Hall.

Six hundred plants, with an estimated street value for almost £750,000, were discovered in an annex at the estate in Runcorn after Cheshire Police were alerted through 'local intelligence'.

The force said inquiries are continuing as asked anyone with information to contact them on 101.

"This was a significant find and fortunately we have been able to put a stop to it."

– Chief Inspector Paul Beauchamp, Greater Manchester Police


£1million cannabis farm found in Cheshire village

The cannabis plants found in Little Budworth.

Cannabis plans with an estimated street value of more than £1million have been found at a house in Little Budworth, Cheshire.

Police raided the property in Mill Lane and found around 1750 plants.

A 52-year-old woman and a 48-year-old-man were arrested and remain in custody for questioning.

"This is a great result as we believe that these drugs could well have been destined for the streets of Cheshire."

– Inspector Keith Curbishley, Cheshire Police
The cannabis plants found in Little Budworth.

Two hurt after moped crashed into horse-drawn cart

Delph Lane in Houghton Green. Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision involving a horse drawn cart and a moped.

The crash, at around 11.30am today, involved a black Honda moped ridden by a 22-year old-man from Chorley, which collided with a horse drawn cart on Delph Lane in Warrington.

Following the collision it is believed that the horse has reared and kicked the moped driver.

The driver was taken by air ambulance to Wythenshawe Hospital, where he has been detained with serious injuries.

His pillion passenger, a 21-year-old woman also from Chorley, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

Two women, both from Croft, who were travelling in the horse drawn cart, were uninjured.

The horse was also unharmed.

Police are asking for witnesses to call them on 101.

Eight charged after Cheshire police raids

250 officers were involved in the raids.

Eight people have been charged as part of a drugs operation by police in Cheshire.

The six men, one woman and one juvenile are all due to appear before Chester Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

They were all arrested today as part of a series of dawn raids targeting organised crime and illegal drugs.

They have been charged with drug offences including supplying Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Following the execution of the warrants, local neighbourhood officers have been carrying out high-visibility patrols to offer reassurance to local residents.


Cheshire raids - arrest total rises to 32

A further 10 people have been arrested this morning as part of Operation ImpACT, a high-profile operation targeting organised crime and illegal drugs.

It brings the total number of arrests today to 32 - the 27 men and five women are currently helping police with their enquiries.

Warrants were executed at a number of properties in Blacon, Hoole and The Lache, as well as addresses in Merseyside and North Wales.

Massive operation against criminals in Cheshire

22 arrested in Chester drugs raids

Twenty two people were arrested in Cheshire today during police raids targeting organised crime and illegal drugs

Around 250 officers were involved in Cheshire Police's Operation ImpACT - one of the largest ever undertaken by the force.

Raids were carried out at properties in Blacon, Hoole and The Lache.

The suspects were taken into custody for questioning.

The strike phase this morning is the culmination of many months of work focusing on a number of individuals suspected of being involved in illegal drugs.

"Over that period intelligence and evidence has been gathered and this has culminated today in these high-profile raids.

"Operation ImpACT reinforces the commitment that the police and partner agencies have in targeting those people that undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs."

– Superintendent Paul Williams, Merseyside Police
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