Horse racing mogul Lord Derby was in shock after a cannabis factory was found on one of his farms.
Police swooped on sprawling Hatchfield Farm, in Newmarket, Suffolk, and discovered a drugs factory with 87 cannabis plants.
Lord Derby – whose family gave their name to the world famous Epsom horse race – is not being treated as a suspect.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the farm building was rented to tenants by the racehorse owner.
And he added: ”It appears a building at that location has been used by tenants for a cannabis factory. It was discovered by the owner.
”No one has been arrested at this time and investigations are continuing.”
Police raided the farm building at 11am on Saturday and found 60 cannabis plants in one room and 27 in another.
The Derby at Epsom was started in 1780 by the 12th Earl. Lord Derby, 47, – known as Teddy – is the 19th Earl.
His family seat is Knowsley Hall in Merseyside, alongside Knowsley safari park, which the family opened in 1971.
Lord Derby has recently launched controversial plans to build 1,200 homes on his land in Newmarket.
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