Cannabis plant found near Scholes primary school

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Council workers clearing litter at a beauty spot removed a dead cannabis plant and roots from near Scholes Primary School.

Coun Matthew Robinson joined Leeds City Council officers at Chippies Quarry to gather 50 bags of rubbish including bottles, bags and old fishing equipment as well as the dead plants.

The disused brick pit offers free fishing but is currently full of litter and debris and the team used a boat and trained staff to help clear rubbish around the edge of the water and the site.

Coun Robinson (Con, Harewood) said: “I’m delighted to be able to help clean up Chippies Quarry.

“The site is well-known locally as a beauty spot and is very popular with anglers.

“It is particularly pleasing to remove dangerous plants such as the cannabis plants particularly located so close to a local primary school.

“As ward councillors we will continue to work with the police and authorities to prevent drugs abuse and the distribution of drugs.”

“I hope that Chippies Quarry will soon be a much tidier and more attractive place for local people to enjoy and we also have a plan to block the area off close to the school to prevent further fly tipping.”

He added: “Following this week’s work the area is already much improved and we will be bringing it to the attention of the Council’s Executive Board to ensure further work is done there and that the area continues to be maintained.”