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Cannabis factory found in Cardiff mental health hospital


A cannabis factory was found in the grounds of a mental health hospital, police have confirmed.

Detectives unexpectedly found 30 illegal plants in a disused ward in Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff, while searching for a missing person.

“It is a highly unusual and isolated case which is being carefully reviewed with police”

Abigail Harris

It is believed the dealer or gang responsible had also hooked up powerful ultraviolet lights and ventilators powered by the hospital’s electricity supply.

A police spokesman said: “South Wales Police can confirm a cannabis factory of around 30 plants was discovered within the grounds of Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff.”

The hidden factory was discovered when police were searching for a missing person on 30 June.

Officers entered a former ward in the hospital’s main building - which had been boarded up and isolated for decades - before finding the cannabis.

While hospital security guards make regular patrols, it is believed they do not enter any of the boarded up buildings on the site.

Whitchurch Hospital

Whitchurch Hospital

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, which runs the hospital site, said it was doing all it could to help the police with their investigation.

Abigail Harris, the health board’s director of planning, said: “We would like to reassure the public the health board’s security teams carry out regular patrols of all our sites.

“This has happened in a small corner of a big hospital in an area that was sealed and unused for many, many years. It is a highly unusual and isolated case which is being carefully reviewed with police,” she added.

“The health board is doing all we can to support the investigation and find those responsible,” she said. “We would encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact the police.”


Readers' comments (3)

  • Ah, so we still say Mental Hospital do we?

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  • I have to agree with the above poster - do you really have "mental hospitals" in the UK? Perhaps the fact that the building is unused is indicative that the language should be unused too?

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  • Is mental hospital worse than psychiatric hospital? Or the awful 'mental health hospital'

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