FIVE people have been arrested following the discovery of a suspected “large-scale” cannabis factory in Wareham.

A suspected firearm was also recovered after police executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at premises in Westminster Road on the morning of Wednesday, February 1.

It was reported searches uncovered a large-scale operation cultivating what was believed to be cannabis plants.

Five men – aged 24, 25, 32, 33 and 51 – were arrested on suspicion of cultivating a class B drug and possessing a firearm without a certificate.

They remain in police custody.

A cordon remains in place at the site and there will be an increased police presence in the area. 

Detective Chief Inspector Julie Howe, of Dorset County CID, said: “Officers responded dynamically to information received and this has resulted in us uncovering what is suspected to be a large-scale drug cultivation operation.

“A police cordon remains in place and there will continue to be an increased police presence in the vicinity as the site is cleared and further enquiries are carried out.

"Officers can be approached by members of the public with any information or concerns.

“We will continue to do all we can to tackle the suspected supply of illegal drugs in our communities and ensure those reported to be involved are dealt with robustly.”