Huge cannabis haul
POLICE have revealed that 888 plants were found when a cannabis factory was uncovered in a disused Pucklechurch pub.
Seven men who were arrested following the discovery at the former Fleur de Lis pub in Shortwood Road remain under investigation.
A quantity of dried suspected cannabis was also seized on December 6.
Avon and Somerset police have again appealed for anyone with information about the cannabis factory to call them on 101, quoting crime reference number 5220 273 988. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The pub, which has been closed since the first lockdown in March last year, is the subject of a planning battle, with an application to build eight homes in the car park submitted at the end of November (P20/23558/F) and developers appealing against the refusal of a previous scheme for nine homes.
Since details were published in last month’s Voice, another 30 objections to the plans and a further two letters of support have been lodged with South Gloucestershire Council.
Concerns have been raised by the council’s archaeological officer that the applicants have not properly assessed an “area of archaeological significance at the core of Pucklechurch village and in close proximity to the Norman church”, adding: “There is a very high potential for the survival of archaeological deposits from the medieval and earlier periods at the site.”
The application is still awaiting a decision from South Gloucestershire Council. The developer also submitted another application in January (P21/00127/F) to turn the pub into a four-bedroomed home and convert the toilet block into a micropub.