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Cannabis factory found in village

Cannabis plant
About 1,000 cannabis plants were recovered in the village

An "industrial scale" cannabis farm has been discovered in a small village in south west Scotland.

Police recovered 1,000 plants - worth an estimated 500,000 - from commercial premises in the village of Closeburn, 12 miles north of Dumfries.

A spokesman said no arrests had been made so far, although a number of positive leads were being followed.

Det Sgt Dick Brown said that people living nearby might have information useful to the investigation.

He said: "If any local residents have any information regarding who has been visiting or using the premises over the past few months then we would be interested to hear from them.

Det Sgt Brown added that investigations had shown the site must have been in use for "quite some time".

"It is an industrial scale cultivation site, if I can put it that way.

"It would certainly have taken some time for the perpetrators to set the site up and put it into full operation," he said.

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