CANNABIS with an estimated value of £1.3million has been seized near Whitchurch by West Mercia Police.

On Tuesday a search warrant was carried out at Taj Mahal Spice on the A41 between Prees Heath and Whitchurch.

One person was arrested in the operation, which was carried out by members of Shropshire Proactive CID, along with officers from the Local Organised Crime Team, Local Policing Priority Team and North Shropshire Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Detective Sergeant Steve Miller, from Shropshire Proactive CID, believed the farm was part of a larger criminal network.

“This is a substantial seizure of cannabis presumably intended to be sold on our streets," said Det Sgt Miller.

“We know those involved will be part of a wider serious and organised crime network.

"Will continue to do all we can to take proactive action to pursue them and disrupt their criminality as well as safeguard the vulnerable people they look to exploit.”