Police discover huge cannabis factory in abandoned grammar school with 700 plants growing in classrooms
- Police found £700,000 worth of drugs at Abu Bakr Boys’ School in Walsall
- The former Islamic school closed its doors around two years ago
- Locals slammed the ‘outrageous’ cannabis factory at the old school
- West Midlands Police cleared a total of 711 cannabis plants from the site
Police have discovered a huge cannabis factory in an abandoned grammar school with more than 700 plants growing in the classrooms.
Officers were left stunned when they raided Abu Bakr Boys’ School in Walsall, West Midlands, and found the class B drug strewn across the site over the weekend.
A total of 711 cannabis plants, believed to be worth around £700,000, were removed from the abandoned building on Monday.
Police found nearly £700,000 worth of the class B drug growing in abandoned classrooms at the school in Walsall, which is said to have been shut down for two years
Abu Bakr Boys’ School was raided by police over the weekend, and they found hundreds of cannabis plants growing in classrooms
West Midlands Police’s Cannabis Disposal Team shared details of the seizure on Twitter and said: ‘Not your usual school.
‘This unused school in Kent Street, Walsall was found to be a huge cannabis factory yesterday.
‘Top marks for the cannabis team who cleared the 711 plants today.’
Images revealed hundreds of weed plans growing among old classroom equipment – including school chairs and notice boards.
Residents said the former Islamic school closed its doors around two years ago during lockdown and has been boarded up ever since.
One mother, who lives nearby and wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘There were police there all over the weekend but none of them would tell us what was going on.
‘The place has been boarded up for a while now as it closed suddenly during the pandemic.
‘We had no idea it was being used as a cannabis factory. It’s pretty outrageous to be growing weed in a school. Its a sign of the times I guess.’
Other residents reacted on social media with one person commenting: ‘It used to be a school, but its now a nursery.’
Another put: ‘I know we’ve got a drug problem in some of our schools but this is taking it to another level.’
A third person wrote: ‘They’ve gone to town on that, full electrical wire up, how did nobody living nearby notice it for so long??’
The police force tweeted pictures of the find – as hundreds of weed plans were growing among old classroom equipment, including school chairs and notice boards
Residents said the former Islamic school closed its doors around two years ago during lockdown and has been boarded up ever since
Police tweeted out images from the cannabis factory on social media