A CANNABIS factory has been discovered at a house in Widnes, police revealed today.

Hundreds of plants were found by police in Cowan Way.

It followed reports of a strange smell coming from the property.

More than 650 plants growing in six rooms, and equipment, were seized and taken away for further forensic examination.

The warrant was executed at 4.50pm on Wednesday, January 2.

No one has yet been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries are continuing.

Sergeant Jacky Gee, of Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "This was a sophisticated set up and fortunately, we have been able to put a stop to this.

"We are committed to tackling the issue of illegal drugs in the local community - we will not tolerate any sort of behaviour that has a negative impact on the lives of others.

"Residents can rest assured that positive action will be taken against anyone found to be involved in drug related activity.

"We hope that the continued efforts of local officers not only reinforce our commitment to tackling the issue but also help to reassure the local community that we take the issue extremely seriously.

"Members of the public are urged to support the efforts of local officers by passing on any information regarding suspected drug related activity in the town.

"Information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime. We would urge anyone with any information in relation to drug use and supply in the town to get in touch."

Members of the public are urged to report any suspicious activity in their area − or to report any building they suspect is being used to grow Cannabis in.

This could be reporting suspicious activity in your street or passing on information in relation to a property that you suspect is being used to grow Cannabis in. It could even be reporting a strange smell emanating from a property.

Anyone with any information about illegal drugs in Widnes is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101.