A CANNABIS factory totalling 40 plants has been uncovered after a police raid in Bacup.

Drugs with a street value of £16,000 were found in an attic by officers who swooped on a home in Todmorden Road.

A 68-year-old man has been charged with possession of cannabis, producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Community beat manager for Bacup PC Pete Law said: “It was a fairly large set up - the plants would have a potential street value of up to £16,000.

“We know the misery drugs can bring to a community and we are determined to do everything we can to remove them.

“We rely on the public’s continued support and I urge anyone with information or concerns to contact us.”

The raid on 30 January is the third significant drug farm find in the Valley in as many months.

In November, a £160,000 cannabis factory was found in Oakenshaw Avenue in Whitworth, while almost £30,000 of cannabis, cocaine and benzocaine was discovered at a house in Moorgate, off Tong Lane in Bacup in December.