A MAN has been arrested after police uncovered a cannabis farm at a Wirral pub.

Police raided the Cleveland Arms in Bebington Road, New Ferry and found around 59 cannabis plants in pots, spread across four upstairs rooms, along with a further quantity of plants which had been harvested.

A 35-year-old man from New Ferry was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and abstracting or using electricity without authority.

He was taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be questioned by detectives. An investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from Wirral CID, said: "Cannabis factories pose a big safety risk, both for the people involved in their cultivation and the law abiding people who often end up having to live next door to them.

"I want to take this opportunity to reassure people that the force will be relentless in its efforts to crackdown on any form of drug dealing or drug supply in the Wirral and will continue working hard to find and dismantle cannabis farms.

"I would appeal to anyone who notices any suspicious activity in their area, or thinks cannabis is being grown, to call us and report it.

"We will follow up and take action on all the information we receive."

Anyone with information can call officers via the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.