Police footage reveals extent of 'largest cannabis grow ever found in Nottingham'

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Footage that shows the size of the £3.5m cannabis factory discovered in a former New Basford factory has been released by the police.

The Palmerston House building on Mount Street had been blocked by a crime gang and Vietnamese men were tending the crops in the historic mill – although they escaped across nearby roofs before the police arrived.

Officers broke in to the building to find 4,049 cannabis plants and they have now released drone and body cam footage of their find.

The torch-lit video shows the outside of the four-storey building and then the rooms where rows on rows of cannabis plants were being grown, which they have now described as the "largest" ever found in the city.

Detective Inspector Gareth Harding, of Nottinghamshire Police , said: "It was an industrial scale operation that would have yielded an incredible amount of drugs that would have been sold on the streets of Nottinghamshire and elsewhere.

“It is the largest cannabis grow ever found in Nottingham.

Cannabis plants found in Palmerston House on Mount Street, Nottingham.

“The investigation team worked incredibly hard to secure the convictions. I hope this serves as a warning to other criminal gangs that think Nottingham is a place that they would like to set up operations.”

Mohammed Anwar, 33, and Mohammed Imran, 38, both of St George's Rise, Bradford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis between June 1 and August 6 last year, when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (February 13).

Mohammed Anwar, 33, and Mohammed Imran, 38, both of St George's Rise, Bradford

This came to light when the landowner decided to carry out safety checks on the premises after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

However as he could not enter, he called the police for help.

Seven Vietnamese men were found to be tending to the crops inside the former paper mill.

The entrances had been bricked up and the fire escape stairs cut off to prevent them leaving and the only access was via a service lift that the gang controlled.

If the product had hit the streets, it could have raised between £1million and £3.5million if marketed in small amounts. The wholesale figure would have been less.

Initially charges had been laid under the Modern Slavery Act but the prosecution decided not to continue with these.