The City of London is the United Kingdom’s world-leading financial centre. Police there have uncovered a “significant” cannabis farm at commercial premises on Throgmorton Street. This is a few minutes’ walk from Threadneedle Street, where the Bank of England is located. The City is 1.12 square miles large and goes by the name the Square Mile. It also includes such attractions as Leadenhall Market and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Bank of England, which was minutes away from the Square Mile's first cannabis farm. Photo: It's No Game

The Bank of England, which was minutes away from the Square Mile’s first cannabis farm. Photo: It’s No Game

People notified police that a strong smell of cannabis emanated from the building on Wednesday 13 January 2002. Police obtained a warrant and raided the place the next day. In its basement, they found a cannabis farm comprising 826 plants worth over £350,000. There were irrigation, lighting and ventilation systems. Pictures of these were released. Two people got busted.

The City’s streets have been very quiet, with workers staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The head of the investigation, Temporary Detective Inspector Andy Spooner, remarked: “This is the first cannabis factory in the City, no doubt being set up in response to fewer people being out and about during the pandemic who might have noticed any unusual activity.”

Londinium was the capital of Britain for most of the time of Roman rule. It began on the site of the City of London circa 47-50 CE. Throgmorton Street once housed London’s stock exchange. Enquiries continue.

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