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Arrests across Kent, Essex and London following multi-million pound cannabis factory discovery in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 10:40 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 21 March 2016

The factory discovered in Gravesend last year

The factory discovered in Gravesend last year

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The discovery was made in June 2015

Police have arrested more than a dozen people in Kent, Essex and London after a multi-million pound cannabis cultivation was found growing in Gravesend last year.

Last week police brought the total number of people arrested since the factory’s discovery in June up to 14.

On June 17, thousands of plants were found growing in an industrial estate in Canal Basin, Gravesend.

Following the discovery, four people were arrested, with two charged.

Four people arrested last year

Michael Edward Corcoran, aged 49, of Mount Avenue, Yalding, Maidstone, has been charged with five counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and seven counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday March 15 and was remanded in custody until he appears at Maidstone Crown Court on April 12.

Garry McIntyre, aged 35, of Alfred Road, Brentwood, Essex, has been charged with three counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on April 25.

A 46-year-old man and 32-year-old woman have been released without charge.

Then last week on March 14, more arrests were made in Kent and London.

A 20-year-old woman, from Tonbridge, was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug. She has been bailed until April 25.

Stephen Martin Macey, 24, of Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, has been charged with five counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and six counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday March 15 and was remanded in custody until he appears at Maidstone Crown Court on April 12.

50-year-old Stuart Sollis, of Bowyer Street, Camberwell, London, has been charged with three counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and five counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on April 25.

David Graham, aged 49, of Plaistow Lane, Bromley, has been charged with five counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and six counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday March 15 and was remanded in custody until he appears at Maidstone Crown Court on April 12.

Michael Corcoran, aged 27, of Odo Rise, Gillingham, has been charged with three counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and four counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on April 25.

The following day more arrests in Kent and London followed.

A 64-year-old man from Rochester has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. He has been bailed until March 29 pending further enquiries.

David Martyn Heath, aged 47, of Wentworth Crescent, Peckham, London, has been charged with three counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on April 25.

26-year-old Stefan-Alex Henderson-Clarke, of Kennedy Walk, Walworth, London, has been charged with three counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and four counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 25 April.

Colin Walls, aged 51, of The Avenue, Gravesend, has been charged with three counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on April 25.

James Allen, 38, of Woolwich Road, Abbey Wood, London, has been charged with four counts of abstracting/using electricity without authority and six counts of conspiring to produce cannabis. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 16 where he was remanded until he appears at Maidstone Crown Court on 12 April.

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