TAKEAWAY workers helped uncover a cannabis farm after complaining of a leaky pipe.
Staff at the Stop Inn kebab shop called the fire brigade after water flooded from the unoccupied flat above.
Firemen forced their way into the first floor flat through a skylight and but were amazed to find dozens of cannabis plants and elaborate growing equipment.
Workers at the takeaway, on London Road, Hazel Grove, tried in vain to contact the landlord of the property above after the leak began sprung at 6pm on Friday.
The drama happened across the road from the Horse and Jockey pub, where dozens of drinkers watched events unfold.
One witness said: “One minute the fire brigade were in there and the next, the police turned up and were taking bags of plants outside.
“There were quite a few people outside the Horse and Jockey pub enjoying the sun. It was quite a spectacle.”
Detectives say the flat had been used as a ‘small-scale’ cannabis farm.
A total of 33 young plants were recovered as well as heating lamps. The flat has now been boarded up.
A GMP spokesman said: “Our inquiries are continuing and we are trying to trace the owner of the property.”
BY JON BAXTER AND YAKUB QURESHI