A MAN was detained after a cannabis factory was shut down in Runcorn.

Police descended on a property on Waterford Way yesterday, Wednesday, as part of the force's crackdown on drugs.

Officers seized a number of plants and an imitation firearm which is believed to be a BB gun.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug of class B drug and possession with intent to supply a class B drug.

He was taken into custody to be questioned by detectives.