(Nottinghamshire Police)

An illegal drugs operation has been uncovered in Newark after residents spotted a group of men acting suspiciously and leaving a house carrying cannabis plants.

Police arrived at 8am on Tuesday to Cardinal Hinsley Close, Newark-on-Trent following a report of people loading the plants into a car.

Officers arrived at the scene within minutes, where they found cannabis leaves and mud trampled into the carpet and the back door wide open.

They discovered a substantial cannabis grow with a large mature grow in the property’s two bedrooms.

A 52-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of burglary, possession of cannabis and production of cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Julian Eminson-Ferry said: “This kind of cannabis cultivation is a blight on our communities and is often linked to more serious offences such as serious acts of violence.

“We will not tolerate people setting up these illegal drug factories and will continue with our efforts to disrupt their activities.

“Not only is cannabis growing illegal, but it can also be extremely dangerous due to the fire risk, especially if people are living in adjoining properties.

“We have a number of teams actively patrolling our streets and they work with intelligence and information provided from members of the public to uncover any criminality.

“Information from the public is vital in helping us crack down on drug crime and I’d urge anyone with any information about suspected drug-related activity in their community to get in touch with us.

“You will be listened to and we will investigate the matter.”

If you have any suspicions about drug-related crime then please call police on 101.

The arrested man has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.