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Man charged after cannabis factory found at former Barclays Bank building Sawbridgeworth



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A man has been charged with production of a controlled drug (cannabis) after police discovered a cannabis factory in the disused former Barclays Bank building in Sawbridgeworth.

Emliano Hidershaj, 32, of no fixed address, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Wednesday (August 18). He is due to appear next at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, September 20.

Police were called to the building at 28 Knight Street on Monday afternoon (August 16) after a man was spotted on the roof of the building in Knight Street.

Police officers were called to the disused Barclays Bank building in Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth (50313838)
Police officers were called to the disused Barclays Bank building in Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth (50313838)

PC Derek Lewin, of Stortford police, told the Indie that a court warrant was executed at the address.

He said: “A bailiff and a gas man entered the property, where they discovered numerous rooms that had been converted to grow cannabis. Police were called and numerous cannabis plants in various stages of growth were found.

“A search of the basement revealed that the electricity meter had been bypassed.

Police at the rear of the old Barclays Bank. Picture: Emma Vandore (50315901)
Police at the rear of the old Barclays Bank. Picture: Emma Vandore (50315901)

"The suspect was found outside the loft on a ledge outside the building." The man produced an Albanian passport when arrested.

The branch was closed in October 2018 and the building is out to let.



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