By Marcus Chippindale , Emma O'Reilly
Seventy cannabis plants and nine kilos of herbal cannabis were seized at a bird haven that was home to Britain's oldest raven
Police officers raiding an aviary to seize nearly 200 birds made a shock discovery as a suspected cannabis factory was found hidden on site.
Surprised officers discovered around 70 cannabis plants and nine kilos of prepared herbal cannabis as they searched the Raven Haven bird sanctuary in Berkshire, it emerged today.
Around 180 birds of various breeds were seized during the raid, carried out jointly with the RSPCA and DEFRA, with some of the stricken creatures having to be put-down immediately.
Two men, aged 57 and 61 from Crowthorne, were arrested on suspicion of producing a class B drug following the raid and are on police bail.
Raven Haven, based in Sandhurst Road, Camberley, was set up after the sanctuary's owners, Steve and Shelley Burns, rescued Tarquin, Britain's oldest raven, from a beach on the Dorset coast in August 1989. Tarquin died in 2012, aged 88.