Police found an estimated £2,000 in cannabis plants blocking an Ilfracombe stream this morning (Thursday).

They were called to Runnymede Gardens just after 10am by a council worker, who had found a large number of the plants floating in the stream channel.

Officers managed to fill two black bin bags with cannabis plants, which they said at a rough estimate would have a street value of around £2,000.

A post on the Ilfracombe Police Facebook page said: ‘Ilfracombe Police would be more than happy to help anyone who would like assistance in disposing of their cannabis plants, it could save you the inconvenience of going out in the cold and fly tipping in a river, just email your name and address to Ilfracombe@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk’.

On Tuesday police carried out four warrants in the town, which resulted in a quantity of drugs and cash being seized.

They said: “The effects from drug use can affect many aspects of our town from shoplifting and theft, to burglary and violent crime.

“Ilfracombe Police continue to pro-actively tackle drugs misuse and these relating crimes in our communities.”

If you are affected by drug crime, or have information which could assist in reducing the impact of this type of crime, you can call police on 101 or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.