A three-storey cannabis farm with a “potentially lethal” makeshift electricity supply has been discovered.
Hundreds of plants with a street value of about £350,000 were seized from a property on Stanhope Avenue in Hartlepool on Tuesday.
Electrical cables had been laid under paving stones on the public footpath outside the home, which “may have been live”, Cleveland Police said.
A 39-year-old man has been charged with production of cannabis.
Officers are continuing to search for another man who ran off from the property.
More than 350 plants, along with hydroponic lighting and other growing equipment, were recovered.