Cannabis factory at Hibs’ Danny Haynes’ house

Danny Haynes bought the Ipswich house in 2007. Picture: Neil Hanna
Danny Haynes bought the Ipswich house in 2007. Picture: Neil Hanna
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A cannabis factory has been discovered at a house owned by Hibs striker Danny Haynes.

Police found more than 260 plants and seedlings after an early-hours blaze at the four-bedroom house in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The home is believed to have been rented out to tenants by Haynes, who is on loan with the Easter Road club until the end of the season from Notts County.

There is no suggestion the 26-year-old player had any involvement with the cannabis farm, or any knowledge that the illegal drug was being cultivated in his house.

Haynes – who played five times for England Under-19s – bought the modern semi-detached house in Penny Lane on the upmarket Purdis Farm estate in Ipswich for £225,000 in November 2007.

Suffolk Police spokeswoman Anne-Marie Breach confirmed police were initially called to reports of suspicious activity around the house at 2.45am last Friday.

The spokeswoman added: “Police immediately attended and spotted a fire inside a property there. Officers gained entry to the unoccupied house and found a pan that had been left on the cooker was alight.

“Officers also realised that there were cannabis plants inside the address and then found four bedrooms full of plants. The fire service attended to extinguish the blaze and an investigation is under way.

“The house was unoccupied at the time of the blaze and police are carrying out inquiries to try and trace the people who were living there.”

Ms Breach confirmed 67 mature plants were found in one bedroom room while 97 young plants were recovered from another.

A further 100 seedlings were discovered, along with cannabis leaves drying out on the floor.

Ms Breach added: “Inquiries are ongoing to find those linked to the house.”

A Hibs spokesman said Haynes did not wish to comment on the drug find.

A local resident, who asked not to be named, said: “People have been suspicious about the house for a long time. There was supposed to be people living there, but the curtains were closed all the time. It looked spooky.

“Nobody has seen Danny Haynes around here for quite some time and his house has just got more and more run down.”

Haynes started his playing career at Ipswich Town, making 115 appearances and scoring 17 goals between 2005 and 2009. He was later signed by Bristol City in a deal worth just over £500,000.

Since then, he has been on the books of Barnsley, Charlton Athletic and Notts County, who loaned the striker out in January to Hibs.