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Man arrested after cannabis factory found growing in chapel

A man has been arrested after hundreds of cannabis plants were found growing inside a Victorian chapel by police in Merthyr Tydfil.

Nearly 800 cannabis plants were found growing in the chapel. Credit: South Wales Police

The Salem Chapel, built in 1856, had been converted into a huge cannabis factory and was full of nearly 800 cannabis plants growing where the pews should have been.

The building was searched by police after neighbours reported a man acting suspiciously inside.

When officers raided the building - most recently home to the Kingdom Hall for Jehovah's Witnesses - they found the haul of plants and growing equipment.

The Salem Chapel was built in 1856 - but has been abandoned for around two years. Credit: Google Maps

Policing is all about working with the communities and with your help, we can continue to tackle drug dealers who target the most vulnerable people and cause misery for our town.

– Inspector Mark Simmonds, South Wales Police

The historic building was once a congregation church used by the Salvation Army and Merthyr Council.

Since 1986, the chapel was used by Jehovah's Witnesses but has been empty for approximately two years.

The man arrested has been charged with producing cannabis.