Arrest as bomb squad finds drugs growing in Sussex industrial estate

A 42-year-old man was arrested after drugs were found growing in a Sussex industrial estate.

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Reports of bomb scare in Shopwhyke Industrial Estate

Homes and businesses were evacuated near the Shopwhyke Industrial Estate in Chichester and a 100 metre cordon was put in place for about an hour and a half from 1.35pm yesterday (Friday November 2) police have said.

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Police said that 'potentially inflammable material' that could easily set alight was found during a police search of a unit. Surrounding units were temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

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A bomb squad also attended and declared the material safe but a small quantity of cannabis plants were found in the unit.

A police spokesman said: "A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation, vehicle theft, abstraction of electricity and possessing ammunition for a firearm, and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries."