‘Large’ cannabis plant discovered in police station sold in London
A former police station in London has been turned into a cannabis factory just five months after being sold.
The metropolitan police was called to one of his former bases on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday, fearing he was being used to farm drugs.
The station, on Manchester Road in the borough of Tower Hamlets, was sold to a private company in February this year.
When officers arrived at the scene on Sunday, they found a “large” cannabis factory and set up a crime scene at the site.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Tory councilor Peter Golds said: “Two years ago we found a cannabis factory in a school in the borough and now this.
“We’ve been saying for years that there are issues of anti-social behavior in Tower Hamlets, but we’ve continued to see police stations close.
“We only have one suitable station left in Bethnal Green.”
In documents from London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office, the Isle of Dogs police station closure and sale case said it had no “public access function”.
Some 16 similar stations were to be closed and eliminated to raise funds for the force during the 2021-2022 period.
A Met spokesman said: “On Sunday July 24 BCU East Central officers were alerted to a potential cannabis factory at the former Isle of Dogs Police Station on Manchester Road , E14.
“Upon arrival a large cannabis factory was discovered which is currently a crime scene with officers on the scene. There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
“The Isle of Dogs Police Station was sold to a private company on February 25, 2022 and is no longer owned by the Metropolitan Police Service.”