Police have busted a large drug den believed to have been run by a machete-wielding gang from eastern Europe from a closed seafront hotel in Blackpool.
Officers raided the 65-room New President Hotel on the Promenade on November 13 and discovered a huge cannabis factory in the building.
The force reported they had received information that an ‘eastern European gang had taken over a hotel in north Blackpool’ who had been seen in ‘possession of machetes’ in the area, Lancashire Live reports.
An emergency warrant was executed to shut down the operation – with police confirming that the factory has now been dismantled.
They also stated that a number of machetes, found hidden outside the building, have also been seized.
As of November 20, no arrests had been made.
Lancashire Constabulary have urged people to stay calm, stating there is no wider threat to the general public.
A police spokesperson said: “Blackpool North Neighbourhood Police received information that a East European gang had taken over a hotel in North Blackpool and have been seen in possession of machetes.
“An emergency warrant was obtained and executed with Blackpool Task Force where a large cannabis factory has been discovered.
“This has dismantled and disposed of. Machetes have also been discovered hidden outside which have been seized.
“There is not believed to be any risk to the general public and the investigation is on going.”
Anyone with any information can contact PC Pepper from Blackpool Police via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, call 101.