Police discover ‘large’ cannabis factory in Norwood Road, March - alert raised after 999 call to fire service

PUBLISHED: 10:36 30 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:36 30 December 2016

The cannabis factory discovered in Norwood Road, March

The cannabis factory discovered in Norwood Road, March

Archant

A cannabis factory is being investigated by police in the Fens after it was found by fire crews attending a blaze in a disused restaurant.

The cannabis factory discovered in Norwood Road, March The cannabis factory discovered in Norwood Road, March

Cambs Fire and Rescue responded to a 4am call on Wednesday to a former restaurant in Norwood Road, March.

It was there, said police, that fire crews uncovered a cannabis factory at the premises.

“There were about 190 plants which will be disposed of,” said a police spokesman.

“The fire service discovered the cannabis. The building has been made safe and boarded up.

“Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.”

A Cambs Fire spokesman said: “Firefighters arrived to find an electricity metre alight and extinguished it using dry powder and CO2 extinguishers.

“One crew from March and another from Chatteris were called to the fire at around 3.45am. They returned to their stations by 6am.

“The cause of the fire was accidental.”

The police spokesman added on the day: “Officers are currently dismantling the equipment and investigations are on going.”

However a nearby resident posted on Facebook that they were woken at around 5.30am by the noise.

“An ambulance and police van all with blue lights on and at least eight uniformed officers,” he said. “The police van was still there three hours later.”

No value has been put on the cannabis yet but police described it as “a large cannabis factory”.

More news stories

One of most contentious planning applications of recent years – 95 homes off Estover Road, March – will be decided next week amidst furious public opposition.

Rarely can a political career have ended so ignominiously- for indeed that must be the inevitable outcome for Councillor Simon King.

The Prime Minister has ordered a review into three women’s health disasters – including vaginal mesh implants – the campaign begun three years ago by Cambs Times journalist Kath Sansom.

17:22

A man who burgled a Peterborough home and stole a handbag, cash, jewellery, debit and credit cards worth more than £3,000 while the occupants slept has been jailed.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter