Calls to demolish former Chinese people affected by fire where 250 cannabis plants were found


Residents call for action on the future of a burnt down former restaurant – just months after 250 cannabis plants were discovered inside.

The Tulip Wok – which was also known as The Bush pub – has been closed for about three years.

But Staffordshire Police found the 250 cannabis plants inside the Smallthorne site during lockdown three and now a large fire has broken out at Ford Green Road property.

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has still not disclosed the cause of Saturday’s blaze.

Karen Glader wants a new owner to take over the building.

The 62-year-old, from Smallthorne, said: “It looks terrible now. There have been issues with the building before so it’s just the last thing to happen.

“Someone has to take care of it. It’s a decent space, a very good size. It was perfect for a restaurant.”

The former Tulip Balti restaurant

Friend Tina Garside, 58, added: “We have some great shops here and that just lets the neighborhood down.

“It used to be a great restaurant, it’s a shame it’s in such a bad state now.”

Buyer Keith Capper, 70, from Burslem, said: “You just have to tear it down and someone new can start over with it.

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“It was a nice place to go for a meal. We’ve been there several times over the years for family meals. It’s a shame to see it fall into disarray.”

Smallthorne worker Maureen Clarke, 49, from Norton, said: “This fire could have seriously injured someone – or worse. It’s pretty scary. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

“I would like another business owner to take over the site. It needs to be remade so that it can be used to bring more people to the area, not to chase them away when they see what it looks like.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the former Tulip Balti restaurant on Ashman Street, Smallthorne
Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the former Tulip Balti restaurant on Ashman Street, Smallthorne

Staffordshire Police are still investigating the blaze.

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday to report a fire at the old Tulip Wok restaurant. No one was inside the building. An investigation is ongoing.”

Witnesses should call police on 101, citing incident number 510 of August 21, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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