A man has appeared in court after police uncovered a cannabis cultivation site in Hailsham.

Officers attended a property in Swan Road on Saturday (January 9) after receiving reports of suspected drug activity in the area.

A search of the premises was carried out and 71 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to £59,000 were discovered. The plants and associated growing equipment were seized by police.

Gintautas Zulys, 59, unemployed, of Swan Road, Hailsham, was arrested and charged with producing a controlled drug of Class B (cannabis). He appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (January 11) and is next scheduled to appear at crown court on February 8.

Anyone who witnesses concerning or suspicious behaviour in their area is encouraged to report the information to police, either online or by calling 101.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.