‘Cannabis Factory’ uncovered in Homerton flat

A 17-year-old male was arrested in connection to a "cannabis factory" in Homerton. Credit: Homerton Police

A cannabis factory consisting of 145 plants has been uncovered by police at a flat in Homerton.

Local police tweeted a picture showing a large number of potted cannabis plants at a property on the Morningside Estate, stating that they had “uncovered a cannabis factory” after working with estate owners Sanctuary Housing.

Sergeant Mohammed Uddin explained: “A complaint was received from Sanctuary Housing regarding possible drugs activity in the block. Homerton and Victoria neighbourhood teams attended the location and identified an address which may be used for cultivating cannabis.”

A 17-year-old male was arrested at the scene and charged in connection with the production of cannabis. Officers searched the property and discovered “the whole flat” was being used to grow the plants.

“This has removed thousands of pound worth of drugs from the streets of Hackney and averted a potential fire hazard as the electricity meter was tampered with to bypass electricity,” Sergeant Uddin said.

Police have asked the public to report any subjects or addresses believed to be involved in drug dealing or cultivation via Crime Stoppers or by calling 101.