EXCLUSIVE: Cannabis farm in Watnall WWII bunker

A CANNABIS farm has been found in a World War Two bunker in Watnall – with police saying it is the biggest they have discovered in years.

Eight officers cut their way through the steel doors in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday) morning after a tip off from a member of the public and discovered plants in two large rooms.

The huge underground bunker, which was used as a command centre during the war, is down a track opposite the junction for Common Lane.

The front doors are visible off the track, but the 12ft concrete roof is covered over by woodland.

Kimberley and Watnall beat manager, Pc Paul Toon, said: "I've never seen anything like it. It's a large quantity and the biggest grow we have found on the Broxtowe north division for several years.

"It's a big complex with a lot of rooms inside.

"Obviously there are only a few of these bunkers left in the country and most have been filled in or taken apart."

Scenes of crime officers were called out and the lights and equipment used to grow the drugs were taken apart and demolished.

The bunker was used by several community groups, including a gun club.

Police officers used to regularly visit the bunker when it was open to the public, but it has since been locked up.

Pc Toon would not say how many plants were found, how much they were worth, or what officers used to cut their way into the bunker.

No arrests had been made when Advertiser went to press, but police said they had 'lines of inquiry.'

Anybody with any information should call police on 0300 300 9999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.