Cannabis factory discovered inside £130,000 detached house in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 12:16 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 15 September 2017

Around 480 cannabis plants were found at a cannabis factory inside a £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, today (September 15). PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Around 480 cannabis plants were found at a cannabis factory inside a £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, today (September 15). PHOTO: Seb Pearce

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Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £250,000 have been recovered by police following a raid in Wisbech today (September 15).

The growing plants were being monitored using a number of CCTV cameras around the house. PHOTO: Seb PearceThe growing plants were being monitored using a number of CCTV cameras around the house. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Police have called in a forensics team to dismantle what they are describing as a major success in the war on drugs in the town.

The raid, where around 480 young cannabis plants were discovered, was carried out in Oakroyd Crescent at around 10.30am.

Chief Inspector David Murphy of Cambridgeshire Police says that the factory has links to organised crime in the area.

Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb PearceUp to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

He said: “It’s a very professional hydroponics set-up. What elevates this above other procedures is that is a professional set-up linked to organised crime. We’re very confident we can link known offenders to it.

“The property was being monitored elsewhere by the offenders on CCTV, which shows how professional it was. We’re confident of making arrests by the beginning of next week.”

Police are thought to have been tracking movements at the house for some time and decided to move in on the house today.

Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Our reporter on the scene, Seb Pearce, says the whole house “appears to have been gutted. It is a very sophisticated operation for sure.

“The whole house was being monitored externally and there were cameras both inside and outside.”

The three-bedroom house used to grow the plants was listed for sale for £130,000 in November last year.

Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Cannabis plants of different ages were found growing in four rooms using a sophisticated hydroponic set-up containing fans and growing containers.

Several rooms also contained black bin bags full of freshly-harvested cannabis, ready for sale.

The find comes just four months after around 700 plants were found in a factory on the outskirts of March.

Before and after: What the kitchen of the house on Oakroyd Crescent looked like before it was turned into a cannabis factory (left) and after. PHOTO: Seb PearceBefore and after: What the kitchen of the house on Oakroyd Crescent looked like before it was turned into a cannabis factory (left) and after. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

The factory was being monitored using two CCTV cameras: one inside the house and one in the kitchen. PHOTO: Seb PearceThe factory was being monitored using two CCTV cameras: one inside the house and one in the kitchen. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

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