Short video inside the flat.

A FLAT with a loft converted to grow £25,000 of cannabis was raided by police today.

Police smashed the door of the rented Twin Valley property in Sussex Drive, Audley, Blackburn, to find 62 mature plants in the living room and utility room.

The bathroom was full of fertilising products and the loft space was divided into two separate growing rooms.

Police said the occupant had created an ‘elaborate extraction system’ which took the cannabis fumes out through pipes in the loft and out through the roof.

When they forced entry, police found a flat screen TV and stereo system were on and turned up loud to mask the sound of the extraction system.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing team and a support unit said there was evidence of a recent crop being harvested.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

He was found at his mother’s house by police.

Officers said they believed he had moved out of the flat to leave more space for cannabis production.

The team was acting on information from the local community.

A spokesman said: “It looks like the occupant has moved out to use the flat to grow cannabis on a full-time basis.

“We will always act on information from residents on drugs and would encourage people to contact their local neighbourhood officer.”

Kevin Ruth, Twin Valley Homes’ executive director, said: “We will not tolerate the supply, cultivation and possession of drugs from our properties and we will work with the communities and our partners to tackle this issue.”

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