POLICE have recovered several discarded bin bags full of cannabis plants in Newent.

Earlier this week, officers from the Forest proactive team (Operation Rapier) found the 17.5kg haul after it was discovered by a member of the public just off Court Road on Wednesday (January 21).

The drugs, which have an estimated street value of up to £70,000, will now be destroyed but officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Rapier's Sergeant Andy Johnson said: "We're not sure why the drugs were left behind however the team are very active across the Forest area and are achieving some excellent results, something we're sure that hasn't gone unnoticed by those who continue to break the law.

"Our inquiries will carry on into this find but in the meantime we would urge anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in this area recently or who knows anything about the dumping of these plants to contact us.

"Operation Rapier continues to act on intelligence relating to crimes being committed within the Forest, including illegal drug use and we see first hand the devastatingly negative impact crime and drugs has on families and how this can affect the quality of life for everyone."

Anyone with information should call police on 101.