A ‘CANNABIS factory’ was discovered at a property in east Dorset early this morning.

A "significant" number of plants were found after police carried out a drugs warrant at two properties in Corfe Mullen at around 7am.

Officers found what are believed to be cannabis plants being grown inside one of the properties.

A 47-year-old man from the Poole area is assisting officers with their enquiries.

The warrant was carried out by East Dorset Neighbourhood Policing team, along with colleagues, following intelligence from local residents. 

Inspector Joe Turner said: “This warrant was carried out in response to intelligence received from the local community and has resulted in a significant number of what are believed to be cannabis plants being recovered.

“We are committed to tackling the suspected supply and production of drugs in our area and are indebted to members of the public for providing information that helps to build an intelligence picture.

Inspector Turner added: “I would urge any residents with information or concerns in relation to alleged drug-related activity to contact us.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.