Police find a 1,022-plant cannabis farm in ex-magistrates' court

Police find a 1,022-plant cannabis farm growing in an ex-magistratescourt next to their own station

  • Farm discovered in former magistrates court next to Runcorn Police station
  • Court was shut in 2017 in cost-cutting cull of half of 320 magistrates’ howe
  • Backlog of cases across England and Wales has risen to 364,122
  • Police have found a cannabis farm growing next door to their own station.

    The farm – with 1,022 plants – was discovered in a former magistratescourt next to Runcorn Police Station in Cheshire.

    It was shut in 2017 in a decade-long cost-cutting cull of half the 320 magistratescourts in England and Wales. Intussen, the backlog of cases has risen to 364,122.

    Shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed said: ‘It beggars belief. Criminals are walking free because of the disastrous case backlog, yet a court sold off by the Konserwatiewes is being used to grow cannabis.

    A 20-year-old has been charged over the Runcorn discovery.

    The farm ¿ with 1,022 plants ¿ was discovered in a former magistrates' court next to Runcorn Police Station in Cheshire (voorraad beeld)

    The farm – with 1,022 plants – was discovered in a former magistratescourt next to Runcorn Police Station in Cheshire (voorraad beeld)

    A 20-year-old has been charged over the Runcorn discovery (voorraad beeld)

    A 20-year-old has been charged over the Runcorn discovery (voorraad beeld)

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