A man has been arrested after a cannabis factory was found in Swindon.

Officers from the South Central Neighbourhood Team have been following up on intelligence and conducting enquiries regarding a suspected cannabis farm in Wolsely Avenue.

Police came across a property on Tuesday (January 10) which had been converted for the production of cannabis.

A man in hs 20s was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation. He has been taken to Gablecross police station where he is being questioned by detectives.

In order to destruct the set-up, which involved cannabis plants growing in four bedrooms and one other room in the property, officers worked closely with specialist officers from Operation Viscount from Avon & Somerset Police, who specialise in the destruction of cannabis factories.

PC Sam Whettham said: “Myself and other officers from the South Central Neighbourhood team have been following up on community intelligence and as a result we have attended the address and arrested a man in connection with the incident.

"Approximately 200 plants were located and have been destroyed along with the associated equipment, with the help of specialist officers. The electrics at the property had been modified to circumvent the meter and abstract energy. I am pleased that we have been able to stop these drugs reaching our streets and causing harm within the local community.

“While some people may feel that cannabis is not a dangerous drug, we want to remind everyone it is an illegal substance and we receive many complaints from our communities about the anti-social behaviour and criminality which is associated with drug dealing."