A WHITEHAVEN retail unit which was recently the site of a cannabis bust has now been cleared and put up for auction.

In September, police seized about 400 suspected cannabis plants from the former Tanning Emporium in Whitehaven’s Market Place during a raid.

The cannabis had a potential value of more than £200,000, the police said.

“Empty shops are subject to misuse," one councillor said at the time.

But this week, the three-storey property is set to go to auction.

The property is a freehold, mixed use property with prominent ground floor shop unit and flat above situated in a busy trading position in the market.

Auction House Cumbria say: "The property is in need of a thorough programme of modernisation and improvement and offers great potential.

Whitehaven News: The cellar of the propertyThe cellar of the property (Image: Auction House Cumbria)

"Right in the heart of Whitehaven, this combined shop floor unit and flat is in the perfect busy trading position!

"With a few updates and modernisation, this property would be a fantastic investment for anyone looking to expand their portfolio."

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The property has partitioned off rooms and a rear staff kitchen area, as well as two cellar rooms.

There is a front bedroom which forms part of the upstairs flat.

Whitehaven News: The bathroom in the propertyThe bathroom in the property (Image: Auction House Cumbria)

You can register to bid on the property through the Auction House Cumbria website. It will go up for auction on February 9.