Cannabis factory discovered 20 yards from police station

A Cannabis factory has been uncovered in a flat that is just a stone’s throw from a police station – after bobbies spotted hundreds of pigeons keeping warm on the roof.

Officers became suspicious on the first frosty morning of the winter last week when they noticed the birds huddled together on a roof that was free of a wintery covering.

After further investigations into the premises on Market Street in Earlestown, just 20 yards from Newton Police Station, police moved in today and executed a warrant.

They discovered 14 mature plants, believed to be capable of producing up to £1200 of the drugs every 10 weeks, and growing equipment.

It is believed heat used from the production process warmed the temperature of the building, meaning the roof was frost free and cosy place for pigeons to roost.

A source said: “Police became suspicious on the first frosty morning of the winter about 10 days ago.

“The roof was covered with about 300 pigeons all keeping warm….they’ve moved on now though.”