A 33-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged with the production of class B drugs.

This came after a cannabis farm, estimated to be worth up to £750,000 was located at a property on Bowesfield Lane in Stockton on Wednesday (July 29).

Van Amh Nguyen, 33, of no fixed abode, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court yesterday (Thursday).

Police found in excess of 870 cannabis plants.

Sergeant Jon Sproson, from Stockton Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is yet another example of us acting on information from our local communities and taking action to rid the streets of Stockton of potentially harmful drugs.

“When we come across a dangerous set up like this one today, where the hazardous wiring and electricity puts others at risk, it is really concerning. The last thing we want is for something like this to set alight and potentially cause serious harm to people. We would advise anyone who suspects they know the location of a cannabis farm to contact us as soon as possible.”

Nguyen has been remanded in custody until his next appearance at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday, August 27.