Neighbourhood police officers have arrested a 50-year-old local man after cannabis plants were found at his business.

The man was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation after 36 plants were seized at a unit on Birkdale Trading Esate last Wednesday afternoon.

Acting on information from the public that cannabis was being grown in the area, officers searched the area and located the unit due to the strong smell.

Once inside they found the 36 plants as well as two tents erected to grow them in, and other hydroponic equipment. The 50-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken to Southport police station for questioning. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The plants have been seized for forensic examination and destruction. 

Ainsdale and Birkdale neighbourhood inspector, Jim Atherton, said: “This was an excellent piece of police work. My officers were acting on information from the community that there was a strong smell of cannabis in the area and after a thorough search, trace the smell back to source. It just goes to show how useful information from the public can be and the action we can take against criminal activity as a result.”

Call 101 to report any suspicious or criminal activity in Formby, Ainsdale and Birkdale or the neighbourhood team on 0151 777 4142.