Police have raided a cannabis farm which was discovered right near the Bank of England in the City of London.
The City of London police raided the factory on Throgmorton Street on January 14 following reports of a “strong smell of cannabis” the previous day.
Police released details of the raid yesterday (January 19), and said they found 826 class B drug plants.
It’s believed the factory – which is believed to be the first cannabis farm to be discovered in the City of London area – was set up by criminals taking advantage of the quiet streets in the centre of the Capital.
In a statement today, police said: “A significant ‘cannabis factory’ of 826 plants has been dismantled and destroyed by officers from the City of London Police.
“The initial discovery was made on the afternoon of Wednesday 13 January, following reports of a strong smell of cannabis, and a warrant was obtained to enter the premises on Thursday 14 January.”
Temporary Detective Inspector Andy Spooner, who is leading the investigation, added: “This is the first cannabis factory in the City, no doubt being set up in response to fewer people being out and about during the pandemic who might have noticed any unusual activity.
“However, this demonstrates that City of London Police continues to actively police the Square Mile, bearing down on any crime committed here.”
2 people have been arrested as police continue to investigate the factory.