Police first discovered cannabis farm in London Financial District


FILE PHOTO: A bus drive on an almost empty road after an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on July 17, 2020, in London’s Economic District, UK. REUTERS / Hannah McKay / File Photo

London (Reuters) – The first cannabis farm has been found in London’s historic financial district, where office buildings have been evacuated due to the lockdown, British police said on Wednesday.

City of London Police said 826 cannabis plants were found in a building near the Bank of England. Police said there were reports of a “strong smell of cannabis”, which led to the raids.

“It is the first cannabis factory in the city, no doubt a reaction to fewer people being out and noticing any unusual activity during the epidemic,” police said in a statement.

The city of London, home to the world’s largest commercial insurance market, banks and fund managers, has been largely deserted since March, after asking most employees to work from home.

During an online event on Wednesday, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said people could make fun of what central bank employees are doing.

“We’re going to be the subject of endless jokes’ now we know what the Bank of England has been,” he said. “I am sure there will be many other jokes. It is very quiet around the Bank of England, I should say. “

Reporting by Andrew McAcil; Editing by Paul Simao

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