Police in Lancashire have seized cannabis plants worth thousands of pounds after a raid at an Ormskirk home.

The significant find comes after the setting up of a new multi-agency taskforce – the Cannabis Cultivation Action Group – which aims to crackdown on drug growing in the district.

100 cannabis plants were found at an address on Elm Place in town worth an estimated street value of £50,000

A 60 year male, of Ormskirk, has been arrested and since bailed on suspicion of cannabis cultivation until September.

Sgt Paul Bamber said: “This was quite a big find which is conservatively valued at £50,000 and I am delighted that this operation has been closed down.

“Community help is essential in the fight against drugs and we would ask any West Lancashire residents with suspicion of cannabis production to report it immediately to the police.

“Tell-tale signs include strange smells coming from a household or people constantly visiting at all hours over a long-period of time.”

The Cannabis Cultivation Action Group includes police, fire and rescue, district and county council representatives and was launched in June.

Do you suspect cannabis cultivation? If so contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.