A "forest" of cannabis plants is to be destroyed after it was found growing on some disused land "the size of a football pitch" in London. Scotland Yard officers found more than 150 plants, some of which were more than 5ft tall.

They were alerted after a member of the public came across the suspected cannabis farm in Kingston, in the southwest of the capital.

PC Sarah Henderson, of Kingston borough, said: "The area these plants were growing on was the size of a football pitch, it looked like a small forest of Christmas trees and was complete with a gazebo.

"Whoever set this up used a really remote spot. The only way to get there was a 20 minute walk through wasteland.

"But all their time, trouble and gardening skills will go unrewarded, as the whole lot will now be destroyed by police."

No one has been arrested. Anyone with information is being asked to call police on 101.

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