POLICE have discovered cannabis farm with an estimated worth of £344,000 following a warrant in Wallasey.

Officers carried out a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at a house on Brentwood Street at around 1pm today (Monday).

86 plants were discovered inside two rooms in the house along with growing equipment.

Cannabis dismantling team sergeant Gary Sorrell said: "Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities.

"Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime and they often use residential properties such as this, as well as business premises.

"Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses like this one into potential death traps.

"Nobody wants to live next door to these places and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.

"These farms will generally have a number of hot lamps hooked to overloaded electricity sockets as well as an extensive watering system.

"Electricity and water are never a good combination, and the fire service have seen an increase in the number of fires they have been called to as a result of fires caused by the crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms."

Anyone with any information about cannabis farms can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.