A fake gun, ammunition and Class A drugs were all found in a police raid originally meant to find cannabis yesterday.

The raid was carried out on Cawdor Road in Fallowfield, Manchester at around 7.45am on Friday morning.

Police had heard reports that cannabis farm was being cultivated but instead came across quite different findings.

Neighbourhood Inspector Victoria Holdsworth said: “This job came off the back of intelligence we received, my officers made sure they acted quickly to carry out the warrant and apprehend the occupants that were in the address at the time of the strike.

“Albeit it we did not discover a cannabis farm as we were expecting, our search of the property saw officers discover a firearm, ammunition, and Class A drugs which we have now successfully taken off the streets.

“After further examination by specialist officers, it has been revealed that the firearm that we recovered is in fact an imitation.”

Two men, aged 30 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and possession of a firearm and taken to custody for questioning.

Inspector Holdsworth said: “Some of our neighbourhood priorities include drug dealing and disrupting organised crime, and with our find yesterday morning, we believe that has gone some way to achieving some of our main objectives in the area.”

Anyone with any information or concerns can call police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.