MORE than £50,000-worth of cannabis and associated drug-growing equipment has been seized from a house.

After receiving tip-offs from residents in the area, police were alerted to a property on Mersey Street in Bacup.

On Tuesday, officers raided the house and found a significant amount of cannabis throughout the premises consisting of around 100 fully-established plants, as well as drug paraphernalia, with a value totalling more than £50,000.

A police spokesperson said: “With each plant giving criminals an estimated yield of £200-£400 this is another significant seizure and has hit organised crime for around £50,000 taking into account our seizure and destruction of the equipment at the premises.

“While some members of the community may not feel this is an appropriate use of police time, let me assure you that the money gained by criminals from these grows is used to fund other illegal activities which keeps organised crime groups running and having a controlling hand in communities all over Rossendale and even further afield.

“These organised crime groups make communities' lives a misery through theft, human trafficking, violence and intimidation.

“Any information regarding other issues in your community can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers.”