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400 plants found in Manchester city centre cannabis farm

Police are appealing for information after a cannabis farm was discovered in Manchester city centre.

Between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday 26 November 2015 three men in a transit van pulled up on Mayes Street near to the junction with Shudehill.

The men got out and used sledge-hammers to force entry to a boarded-up building on the corner of Mayes Street and Shudehill.

The men left and the van was seen in the Newton Heath area at 7.10pm.

A short time later, police discovered a cannabis farm with around 400 plants, in the building.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the van, with a registration MA05 ONL on false plates, or the cannabis farm to come forward.

Detective Inspector Victoria Kenyon of North Manchester division said: “We are determined to rid our communities of all drugs but we cannot do this alone and we need the public’s support to continue to provide us with information about illegal activity in their neighbourhood.

“I would like assure people that we will continue to work to close in on people producing or selling drugs in Manchester.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 2992, 101, or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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