Cheeky criminals convert street store into cannabis farm
Police discovered a cannabis factory in an empty downtown store.
Officers discovered the plants in a disused High Street building in Tunstall.
It is not yet known how many cannabis plants have been seized.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers have discovered a cannabis crop in an abandoned High Street building, Tunstall. Officers are staying at the scene and working with Western Power to secure the place.”
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Traders and buyers have expressed “disgust” at the building’s conversion to a cannabis factory as calls mount for the city center to have its own police station.
Smallthorne buyer Dominic Machin, 49, said: â€œTunstall was a fantastic place. It’s disgusting what’s happening to him.
“I’m shocked to hear that people are growing cannabis in the building. It’s disgusting.”
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Shopkeeper Hazel Speakman, 59, said: â€œIt’s sad to see downtown in this state. They need to open more stores.
“We need the buildings to be filled with legitimate businesses. The city council needs to redouble its efforts to fill the empty units.”
Andy Dean, 45, co-owner of Oasis Travel, Tower Square, said: â€œI still believe in Tunstall. I have plenty of time for the city but it must be grabbed by the skin of the neck.
â€œWe need more investment. The owners of empty buildings must be taken to task. The city needs to regenerate.
â€œParking must be free outside because the fees take trade away from the city. “
Yvonne Littlehales, 44, manager at Philip Davies Jewelers, in High Street, added: â€œWe just think nobody cares about the place. We just feel like we’re lost.
â€œThe city has deteriorated since the police station closed.
“There are shops in terrible condition that are not maintained. Some owners do not take care of their property.”
Anyone with information about the cannabis plant should call the police on 101.