Drugs found at blaze-hit flat

Police carry drugs out of a flat on Mansfield Road, Intake.PICTURE: Paul Faulkner
Police carry drugs out of a flat on Mansfield Road, Intake.PICTURE: Paul Faulkner
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POLICE officers seized boxes of cannabis from a Sheffield flat after firefighters broke in to put out a fire.

Officers removed 125 plants with an estimated value of £55,000.

Neighbours called 999 after smoke started billowing out of the upstairs windows of a flat on Mansfield Road, Intake.

But when fire crews from Central and Mansfield Road stations arrived at the apartment, above a barber’s shop, they were surprised to discover a cannabis factory.

They extinguished the blaze and called the police.

The flat was empty when firefighters arrived.

Onlooker Paul Faulkner said: “There was smoke pouring through the upper windows. The firefighters broke down the door and entered with breathing apparatus.

“There were three fire engines and a high-level platform, which they didn’t use.

“Then later the police arrived and started bringing out boxes of cannabis.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed officers had discovered a cannabis factory at the address and no-one was arrested.

The incident comes just weeks after Sheffield’s top judge Alan Goldsack QC warned that anyone caught growing cannabis plants would go to jail immediately.

Judge Goldsack said a new Court of Appeal ruling meant judges had to get tougher handing down sentences for the cultivation of the Class B drug and jail was inevitable.