AN investigation has been launched to find the offenders behind a cannabis farm worth around £900,000 which was uncovered in a rented property.

Officers received the report at around 2.20pm on Tuesday, August 13 to an address on Shaw Street after 225 cannabis plants were found in the loft and bedrooms, along with equipment by the landlord.

The farm had a potential yearly yield of approximately £900,000.

The electricity was also bridged at the location, and subsequently made safe by the power company.

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Cannabis Dismantling Team officers dismantled the farm yesterday and enquiries continue to locate the occupants.

Police have confirmed that they are hunting for suspects.

Matt Brown, manager of the CDT, said: “It is pleasing to see such a significant premises identified and made safe for the people of St Helens.

"The larger the set-up, the more risk to the communities we serve and protect.

“The risks of living close to this location are plain to see, with flood and fire risk inevitable, plus the serious and violent crime that cannabis supply attracts.

"If you suspect that cannabis is being grown near you, get in touch and we can remove the risk. It is vital that we keep dismantling these premises, and disrupting those who choose to endanger others."

Anyone with information on suspected cannabis growing in their community can contact @MerPolCC quoting reference 19100440098 by calling 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and we will do the rest.