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Urban explorer discovers remains of cannabis farm inside abandoned Gloucester nightclub

A former plumber turned urban explorer stumbled across an abandoned cannabis farm in a disused nightclub full of 300 rotten plants.   

Colin Smith, 36, from Hampshire, was driving home from Wales when he decided to drop into an abandoned nightclub in Gloucester. 

Mr Smith, known on YouTube as The Bearded Explorer, found dozens of empty plant pots, once used to grow drugs, left scattered across the nightclub’s floor.

He also saw a huge mound of dried-up cannabis left abandoned after the nightclub was raided by police. 

A former plumber turned urban explorer was left astounded after stumbling across an abandoned cannabis farm ‘worth hundreds of thousands’ in a disused nightclub full of 300 rotten drug plants

Colin Smith, 36, from Hampshire, was driving home from Wales when he decided to drop into an abandoned nightclub in Gloucester

Colin Smith, 36, from Hampshire, was driving home from Wales when he decided to drop into an abandoned nightclub in Gloucester

Mr Smith (pictured), known on YouTube as The Bearded Explorer, found dozens of empty plant pots, once used to grow drugs, left scattered across the nightclub's floor

Mr Smith (pictured), known on YouTube as The Bearded Explorer, found dozens of empty plant pots, once used to grow drugs, left scattered across the nightclub’s floor

A game wheel deciding who should drink next was uncovered in a back room

A game wheel deciding who should drink next was uncovered in a back room

On entering the building through one of the many wide-open doors, Mr Smith discovered promotional flyers to bygone events, drink and food menus, and a kitchen full of cutlery and glasses

On entering the building through one of the many wide-open doors, Mr Smith discovered promotional flyers to bygone events, drink and food menus, and a kitchen full of cutlery and glasses

Pictured: The exterior of the former nightclub which is about to be bulldozed

Pictured: The exterior of the former nightclub which is about to be bulldozed 

On entering the building through one of the many wide-open doors, Mr Smith discovered promotional flyers to bygone events, drink and food menus, and a kitchen full of cutlery and glasses.

Exploring the two main dance floors and the upper floor of the nightclub, the explorer also found three locked safes, empty money bags and a cloakroom.

Once he ventured into the basement, Mr Smith was shocked to find the remnants of a cannabis farm, complete with broken strip lighting and over 300 rotten cannabis plants. 

There was also a bed and clothes which were presumably left behind by those operating the drug factory.

‘I was on my way back from another exploration in Wales and I had been told about this place in Gloucestershire, so I pinned it on my map and drove to it,’ Mr Smith said.

He also saw a huge mound of dried-up cannabis left abandoned after the nightclub was raided by police

He also saw a huge mound of dried-up cannabis left abandoned after the nightclub was raided by police

No smoking signs were left in the club which shut its doors in 2009

No smoking signs were left in the club which shut its doors in 2009

Promotional fliers are left pinned to the walls in the abandoned nightclub

Promotional fliers are left pinned to the walls in the abandoned nightclub

A spooky hallway from inside the club which has been abandoned since it closed its doors in 2009

A spooky hallway from inside the club which has been abandoned since it closed its doors in 2009

Exploring the two main dance floors and the upper floor of the nightclub, the explorer also found three locked safes, empty money bags and a cloakroom

Exploring the two main dance floors and the upper floor of the nightclub, the explorer also found three locked safes, empty money bags and a cloakroom

‘The doors were all open, so I literally just walked in. There was still loads of memorabilia including restaurant menus, promotion flyers, drinks and all of the standard stuff you would expect to find.

‘I saw lots of strip lighting left dumped in one of the upstairs rooms and thought ‘that’s a little bit strange, why are these in here?’

‘It wasn’t until I went downstairs to the ground floor and opened the door to a huge back room when I came across the huge haul of old cannabis plants.

‘The guys that were doing it were obviously living on site because they had a bed area and their clothes were all still hanging up.

Cannabis leaves remain scattered across the floor of the basement

Cannabis leaves remain scattered across the floor of the basement

Mr Smith said: 'The doors were all open, so I literally just walked in. There was still loads of memorabilia including restaurant menus, promotion flyers, drinks and all of the standard stuff you would expect to find'

Mr Smith said: ‘The doors were all open, so I literally just walked in. There was still loads of memorabilia including restaurant menus, promotion flyers, drinks and all of the standard stuff you would expect to find’

Medical supplies and money bags were left in the property

Medical supplies and money bags were left in the property

The former nightclub in Gloucester was originally closed in 2009. The police raid in 2019, put an end to the drug operation housed there and the site is now set to be bulldozed to make way for student accommodation

The former nightclub in Gloucester was originally closed in 2009. The police raid in 2019, put an end to the drug operation housed there and the site is now set to be bulldozed to make way for student accommodation

Cannabis it is classified as a Class B drug with those in possession facing up to five years in prison and those producing the drug facing up to 14 years in jail

Cannabis it is classified as a Class B drug with those in possession facing up to five years in prison and those producing the drug facing up to 14 years in jail

‘The amazing thing is that it was just across the road from a police station. Whoever was growing it there certainly had some nerve.

‘From my research, I believe the nightclub was raided by the police in 2019.

‘But everything that was in there the police left behind which was really weird. Usually I would expect the police to take everything as evidence.

‘When it was fully functional, I expect the haul could have been worth hundreds of thousands.’

The former nightclub in Gloucester was originally closed in 2009. The police raid in 2019, put an end to the drug operation housed there and the site is now set to be bulldozed to make way for student accommodation.

Cannabis it is classified as a Class B drug with those in possession facing up to five years in prison and those producing the drug facing up to 14 years in jail.

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