Four men who set up a £100,000 cannabis grow in a derelict stately home in Cumbria have been spared jail.
Bankfield Hall, in Great Urswick, is earmarked by developers to be transformed into a luxury 80-bedroom wedding venue.
But behind its crumbling facade, police found a secret drugs operation when they raided the property in January 2019.
Locals reported an increase in activity at the hall, which has laid empty for 17 years.
Security around the gated site was stepped up with ‘do not enter’ signs and guard dogs ‘running free’ in the grounds.