Large cannabis farm found after firefighters called to blaze on Richmond trading estate

Some of the cannabis plants found in the unit. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

A large cannabis grow was discovered by firefighters called to a fire in an industrial unit yesterday.

Police have issued an appeal for information following the discovery on the Gallowfields Trading Estate in Richmond.

Fire crews from Richmond and Colburn were called to the blaze at about 3pm on Sunday after it was reported by a nearby business.

After extinguished the blaze in an electricity supply room, firefighters discovered a number of adult cannabis plants.

Police were called and the premises in Borough Road were searched.

Sergeant Sharon Findlay, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said a total of 201 adult cannabis plants were found, as well as electrical and hydroponics equipment.

Sgt Findlay said everything found in the unit would be destroyed.

“The landlord of the building had sub-let the unit and had no idea what it was being used for,

“We have launched an investigation and would ask anyone with information to get in touch.”

The unit where the cannabis grow was found.
A no smoking sign on a door to the unit.

The fire started within an electricity supply room causing fire and smoke damage to a fuseboard, cabling and store boxes.

Crews used two breathing apparatus sets, a hose reel jet, dry powder extinguisher and tools.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask to speak to PC Alex Saggers.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Please quote reference number 12210110184.