DOZENS of cannabis plants have been seized from a "sophisticated" drugs farm after a police raid.

Officers carried out the bust at Hampson Farm in Coal Pit Road at around 9am on Monday.

The raid was part of Bolton's Operation Challenger ­— which aims to tackle serious and organised crime.

At the farm, officers discovered a secured barn containing 168 cannabis plants, and which was utilising electricity abstracted directly from the mains power supply.

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Detective Sergeant Paul Quinn of GMP’s Bolton Challenger Team said: “This was clearly a significant and well-equipped cannabis farm that has been discovered and taken out of production by our team of officers.

"We hope this discovery will considerably disrupt the supply of cannabis in Bolton and Greater Manchester and prevent more harm coming to our community."

No arrests have yet been made following the raid, however police say enquiries are ongoing with officers continuing to gather evidence to help identify the criminals responsible for the cannabis farm.

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DS Quinn added: "Our team is committed to bringing those involved in organised crime to justice but in order to do that we need intelligence from the local community regarding the activities of individuals connected to organised crime groups and I would appeal to anyone who might have any information to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone who has any information should call police 0161 856 5625 quoting incident number 629 of 16/03/2020, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.