Massive £5m cannabis farm with thousands of plants uncovered in Stockport

Police in the Greater Manchester town say it's a "great find" for their neighbourhood team.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 18th June 2024

Police have uncovered a massive cannabis farm with thousands of plants estimated to be worth around £5 million in Stockport.

Neighbourhood officers from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Stockport district were alerted by the electricity board to the possible growing of cannabis on Lower Hillgate, located in the centre of the Greater Manchester town, at around 10am last Thursday (13 June).

When police attended the premises, they discovered a huge cannabis farm inside the large unoccupied building.

A whopping 3,325 plants were recovered, with an estimated street value of £5 million. 

Following the seizing of the huge haul of cannabis plants, GMP says the area was subsequently assessed and made safe by professionals, before the dismantling and removal of the plants took place over the course of last Friday and Saturday (14 and 15 June).


A police investigation has been opened, but at this time, no arrests have been made, and enquiries are “ongoing”, according to GMP.

Inspector Amreek Singh, from GMP’s Stockport district, said the uncovering of this cannabis farm is “a great find” for the neighbourhood team, and is appealing to the public to come forward with any information they may have that could assist enquiries.

Lowe Hillgate in Stockport town centre, near to where the cannabis farm was uncovered / Credit: Google Maps

“Our neighbourhood team are committed to tackling the supply and distribution of illegal products throughout the town,” Inspector Singh explained.

“Cannabis farms on this scale can be linked to serious and organised crime gangs, and the drugs they sell have a significant adverse impact on our communities. It drives violence, and can lead to vulnerable people being exploited, as well as leading to numerous problems such as addiction and health issues.

“Our work has ensured that thousands of cannabis plants will not be hitting the streets.”


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Anyone with any information about drugs supply in their area is asked to get in touch with their local GMP officers, and contact police either on 101, via the Live Chat function on, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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