A WOMAN was cautioned for cannabis production after police spotted the drug growing in her front window.

During the second day of a Beatsweep operation in Blackburn area, authorities seized eight plants from a property on Norman Street.

PC Chris Hammill said the plants were in full view in a downstairs window, but that it was a ‘unsophisticated’ set up.

A colleague spotted the plants and called in the Beatsweep team, PC Hammill said.

He added: “The woman, in her 40s, was arrested and given a caution for production of Class B drugs. It was pretty brazen. She claimed she got the seeds thinking they were tomato plants, but accepted it was cannabis.”

Officers executed four more warrants on houses in Roebuck Close, Hancock Street and Stansfeld Street, and Fawcett Close, throughout Wednesday.

An 18-year-old man at Fawcett Close was cautioned for cannabis possession, but police called in the RSPCA and health officers after concerns over the ‘poorly maintained’ premises.

They found five dogs, two birds and terrapins and were concerned for their welfare.