Sunday, 27 November 2011

Two men charged following Breaston factory fire
A fire broke out at a Breaston factory on the A6005 Draycott Road at around 4.15pm on Wednesday November 16th. Police received a call to the factory after a a passer-by saw the flames. At its height 35 firemen from Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Derby were tackling the blaze. The road was closed while an aerial ladder platform was used to deal with a fire in the factory roof. Nearby residents were asked to stay indoors with their windows and doors shut to avoid breathing in smoke from the fire. The wind was blowing the smoke towards the Risley direction.

The building was used by several businesses but was unoccupied when the fire broke out and no one was injured. The road was re-opened at 1am on Thursday. Derbyshire police have thanked residents in the area for following emergency service advice and remaining indoors while the fire was extinguished.
Police immediately treated the fire as suspicious and when they later examined the building they found what they believe to be cannabis growing equipment. Police suspect that hundreds of plants may have been grown inside the building.
Two men were arrested by officers searching the streets around the factory following the fire. The two men, Som Huy Vu, 47, and Hung Hguyen, 32, both Vietnamese nationals appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Friday November 18th charged with producing cannabis. A third man a 62-year-old from Castle Donington was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Police are linking the Breaston factory to other premises in Long Eaton. While visiting an industrial unit in Huss’s Lane they discovered several hundred plants suspected to be cannabis.