'Wanted' man walks out of cannabis factory house in Northampton... straight into team of police

A total of 171 cannabis plants were found at a house in Abington.
A total of 171 cannabis plants were found at a house in Abington.

A large cannabis farm was found in a Northampton house after patrolling police spotted a wanted man leaving a house in the town.

Northamptonshire Police's Proactive team tweeted about the unusual arrest yesterday evening.

The team were pulling over a car on an unrelated matter in Whitworth Road, Abington, when the officers in an unmarked car noticed a "wanted male" pass by.

A Proactive Team officer gave chase on foot, but could not catch the man.

However, when they searched the address the man had just walked out of, they discovered a cannabis factory at the address.

"Bad times for him," the officers tweeted from the Proactive Team account at around 6pm yesterday. "En route to custody."

A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said 171 plants were discovered at the Whitworth Road address, which would have a street value of £85,000 by conservative estimates.

Officers also discovered between £5,000 and £8,000 worth of cocaine.

The 19-year-old man who fled was eventually arrested.

He remains in custody today.