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Letting agent discovers cannabis farm at rented flat in Lancashire

A shocked letting agent found a cannabis farm in of one of his landlord’s houses while filming for a Channel 5 documentary.

During filming for a new episode of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, letting agent Paul Ainsworth-Lord, who is based in Darwen, discovered dozens of cannabis plants at the property, as well as growing equipment.

The letting agent came across the plants when he visited the property looking for the tenant, Dermott Donegan, who had not paid rent in four months and owed around £3,000.

Donegan was arrested by police, but he denied cultivating at least £30,000 worth of cannabis at his rented property and claimed the plants belonged to a sub-tenant.

The house was subsequently handed back to the landlord after Donegan handed over the keys.

The letting agent said specialist cleaners were called in to restore the house, as well as replace the carpets and damaged wallpaper.

Total costs, including the unpaid rent, have increased to £5,500.

On the show, the landlord said: “I did not expect to see it on a street in Darwen, in my property, that's the shocking thing.

“It's a professional job, they might have been doing it for as long as they've been here.”

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