A 64-year-old man has been charged with a drug offence after police discovered cannabis plants with a street value of nearly £300,000 at a rented business unit.

Terrence Sando, unemployed, of Rayleigh Road, Woodford Green, was arrested on Friday and has been charged with drug production after the raid in Outwood Common Road, Ramsden Heath, on March 19.

Police seized over 1,100 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of about £290,000.

He has been bailed ahead of a court appearance st Chelmsford magistrates on September 17.