Police seized more than 500 plants worth nearly half a million pounds after shutting down four cannabis factories in Peterborough.

Officers carried out the warrants on February 1 in Woodston, Walton, Bretton, Gunthorpe, Fletton and another in Stamford.

The cannabis plants seized were worth up to £454,440.

Eight people were also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis.

These were

A 24-year-old man from Woodston was charged with production of cannabis. He was due to appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on February 2.

A 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman from Peterborough, and a 47-year-old man from Stamford have been bailed whilst investigations continue.

Four men aged 21, 23, 29 and 33 have been handed over to immigration services.

Sergeant Paul Delmer, of the Neighbourhood Support Team, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our officers, we were able to shut down multiple cannabis factories across the city.

“I would like to encourage the public in helping us locate these factories by looking out for the signs and reporting any concerns to us.”

If you suspect drug activity in your area, report it to police online.