Built in about 1759, Daresbury Hall is a Grade II listed building five miles east of Runcorn. It was taken over in 1955 by the charity now known as Scope as a home for adults with cerebral palsy. The residents were eventually moved to other accommodation and the hall has stood empty in recent years. About 600 cannabis plants – estimated to have a street value of £750,000 – were found in an annexe building of Daresbury Hall, Cheshire Police added. Ch Insp Paul Beauchamp said the drugs “could well have been destined for the streets of Runcorn or further afield”. No arrests at the time had been made closely following the raid, which police said were prompted by “local intelligence”.