Urban explorer finds abandoned cannabis farm inside creepy derelict UK nightclub

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An urban explorer discovered an abandoned cannabis farm in a disused Gloucester nightclub full of 300 rotten plants.

Colin Smith, 36, from Hampshire, was driving home from Wales when he stopped off at the abandoned venue.

The former plumber, known on YouTube as The Bearded Explorer, found dozens of empty plant pots, once used to grow cannabis plants, with a huge mound of dried-up cannabis left from a police raid.

There was also a bed and clothes which were presumably left behind by those operating the drug farm.

Speaking to MailOnline, Smith said: "I was on my way back from another exploration in Wales and I had been told about this place in Gloucestershire, so I pinned it on my map and drove to it.

"The doors were all open, so I literally just walked in. There was still loads of memorabilia including restaurant menus, promotion flyers, drinks and all of the standard stuff you would expect to find.

"I saw lots of strip lighting left dumped in one of the upstairs rooms and thought 'that's a little bit strange, why are these in here?'

"It wasn't until I went downstairs to the ground floor and opened the door to a huge back room when I came across the huge haul of old cannabis plants.

"The guys that were doing it were obviously living on-site because they had a bed area and their clothes were all still hanging up."

The former nightlife venue in Gloucester was originally closed in 2009.

However, police raided it in 2019 and put an end to the drug operation housed there.

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The site is now set to be bulldozed to make way for student accommodation.

Cannabis is a Class B drug with those in possession facing up to five years in prison and those producing the drug facing up to 14 years in jail.

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