Suspected “scavengers” of the drug factory arrested on the premises of a destroyed cannabis farm.

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Earlier this week, police uncovered a massive cannabis operation in which 1,600 plants were grown in an old milk factory.

Three men were arrested after possibly attempting to loot the remains of a multi-million pound drug farm.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a factory days after a massive cannabis farm was busted.

Merseyside police struck in the early hours of Monday morning at the Duncan Street premises in St Helens.

Inspector Rob Budden said: “Our investigation is ongoing but we suspect that these men entered the compound illegally to steal items from inside.

On Wednesday they returned to the dismantled farm and arrested three men on the premises on suspicion of burglary.

Inside, they found 1,694 plants and implements – including 475 lighting units and transformers.

The farm would have been capable of producing millions of pounds of cannabis in a year.

An 18-year-old man with no fixed abode and a 17-year-old boy from Gillingham were arrested and detained on suspicion of cannabis production. Both were released on bail.

After the factory was cleared, police were called back on Wednesday morning after reports of suspicious activity.

Three men were found inside and arrested, and a van was also confiscated.

A 26-year-old man from Orrell, a 22-year-old man from Wigan and a 53-year-old man from Wigan were arrested on suspicion of burglary outside an apartment.

They were interrogated and released as part of an investigation.

“Continue to provide information about any suspicious activity in your home and we will respond to it”.

* Anyone who suspects that drugs are being manufactured where they live, or has information about a suspected break-in, can contact Merseyside Police on Twitter (@MerPolCC) or by calling 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

said Inspector Budden: “There was considerable police activity earlier this week as we struggled to get a grip on this huge cannabis farm. These men may have thought that when the police left, no one would monitor the place. They were wrong….

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