Fire crews battled to save property from flooding - only to discover a cannabis farm in the house.

Emergency services rushed to save a house in Compton Street in Eastbourne after reports of flooding in the house yesterday evening.

After arriving at the scene, East Sussex Fire and Rescue crews instead found dozens of cannabis plants being grown in the property.

The Argus: Sussex Police officer in Compton Street, EastbourneSussex Police officer in Compton Street, Eastbourne (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The matter has been passed on to Sussex Police who confiscated a "significant" number of plants and are investigating.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "Yesterday evening at 8.15pm, East Sussex Fire and Rescue made a report to police after they discovered a suspected cannabis farm while tackling a flooded property in Compton Street, Eastbourne.


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"Police attended the scene, and a search was conducted, where a significant number of cannabis plants were recovered from the address.

The Argus: Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue crewsSussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue crews (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to make a report."

Officers remained at the property this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward via their online reporting form or by calling 101 quoting reference 1252 of 19/04.