Police find a 1,022-plant cannabis farm growing in an ex-magistrates’ court


Police find a 1,022-plant cannabis farm growing in an ex-magistrates’ court next to their own station

  • Farm discovered in former magistrates court next to Runcorn Police station
  • Court was shut in 2017 in cost-cutting cull of half of 320 magistrates’ courts
  • Backlog of cases across England and Wales has risen to 364,122 










Police have found a cannabis farm growing next door to their own station.

The farm – with 1,022 plants – was discovered in a former magistrates’ court next to Runcorn Police Station in Cheshire.

It was shut in 2017 in a decade-long cost-cutting cull of half the 320 magistrates’ courts in England and Wales. Meanwhile, the backlog of cases has risen to 364,122.

Shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed said: ‘It beggars belief. Criminals are walking free because of the disastrous case backlog, yet a court sold off by the Conservatives is being used to grow cannabis.’

A 20-year-old has been charged over the Runcorn discovery.

The farm ¿ with 1,022 plants ¿ was discovered in a former magistrates' court next to Runcorn Police Station in Cheshire (stock image)

The farm – with 1,022 plants – was discovered in a former magistrates’ court next to Runcorn Police Station in Cheshire (stock image)

A 20-year-old has been charged over the Runcorn discovery (stock image)

A 20-year-old has been charged over the Runcorn discovery (stock image)

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