Photographer spots crop of wild cannabis growing on Northampton street flower bed

Nine plants were spotted on a flowerbed in Ardington Street. Photo credit to Paul Bond.
Nine plants were spotted on a flowerbed in Ardington Street. Photo credit to Paul Bond.

Wild cannabis has reportedly been spotted growing on a Northampton street.

The distinct five-fingered leaf is believed to have been seen sprouting out of a flowerbed at the entrance to Ardington Road, next to Abington Park.

The plants were spotted growing naturally in Ardington Road.

The plants were spotted growing naturally in Ardington Road.

A reader, Paul Bond, contacted the Chronicle & Echo after snapping some pictures of the plants taken on Saturday afternoon (August 19).

Paul said: "I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was coming out of Abington Park and I had my camera on me when I spotted them. There were about nine plants growing in the flowerbed.

"Personally, I think someone was smoking near the park and tossed some seeds there by accident."

As of yesterday (August 21), the plants have disappeared.

The distinct looking plant has since disappeared from the flower bed.

The distinct looking plant has since disappeared from the flower bed.

A spokeswoman for Northampton Borough Council said “Although the plants, photographed by a member of the public on Sunday 20 August, have not been confirmed as cannabis, the flower beds will be checked and any suspect plants removed.

“Previous reports about such plants have been proven not to be suspect, however we do appreciate people raising these issues with us. Any future concerns can be directed to our customer services team on 0300 330 7000.”