Dozens of cannabis plants were found growing inside lorry containers during a police raid near Dorchester.

Officers executed a drug warrant at two properties in the Wardon Hill area off the A37 at around 8.55am today (Wednesday).

Inside four lorry containers, officers found what they believed to be cannabis plants being grown.

Police have released images of the plants which are seen to be growing under heat lamps in the containers. A "significant amount" of cannabis was seized by officers following the raid.

Two men, aged 48 and 62 and both from the Dorchester area, have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class B drug and are assisting officers with their enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Stanton, of Dorchester police, said: “This warrant was carried out in response to intelligence received from the local community and has resulted in a significant number of what are believed to be cannabis plants being recovered.

“We are committed to tackling the suspected supply and production of drugs in our area and are indebted to members of the public for providing information that helps to build an intelligence picture.

“I would urge any residents with information or concerns in relation to alleged drug-related activity to contact us.”

Police in Dorchester have been taking action over the suspected supply of drugs in the town. In November 2018, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug after a raid at an address in the Fordington area.

In September 2018, thousands of pounds worth of drugs and cash was seized in a police operation in the town.

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police by calling 101.