500 cannabis plants found in Sunderland house

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HUNDREDS of cannabis plants have been found at a Sunderland house.

Police raided a property in Kayll Road yesterday where they found about 500 plants at various stages of growth.

Officers spent the afternoon scouring the property for evidence, as well as removing the drugs and paraphernalia used to grow it.

A 32-year-old-man has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis. He is now being quizzed by police.

Stunned neighbours watched as officers formed a human chain to dump countless plant pots and cultivation equipment into a skip parked in the road.

Bhavesh Patel, who runs the nearby Jet service station, said he was shocked and upset to discover what had been happening in his neighbourhood.

“I’m at the garage seven days a week, from six in the morning into the night, and I had no idea anything like this was going on next door to me,” he said.

“Looking at the amount they are bringing out of the property, you can see this hasn’t just happened overnight.

“This operation has been going on for months.

“This isn’t an industrial estate we’re in, this is a residential area and I can’t believe people in this area would do something like this.

“I have two daughters and I didn’t expect that drug farming was going on near where I live. I would like my daughters to grow up in a better environment than this, and I hope the authorities take concrete action.”

Other neighbours were equally surprised to discover a drugs farm was operating in their street.

One man said: “The guy who lived there just kept himself to himself – it’s a total surprise.”

Another neighbour added: “We never noticed anything suspicious going on. We had no idea, it’s quite a surprise.

“There seems to be quite a sizable amount.”