Local Pizza Hut restaurant closes after police find cannabis in the flat above

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Pizza Hut, Scott Street, Perth

A Tayside restaurant was forced to close its doors for a day after police recovered more than £10,000 worth of cannabis from a property above the eatery.

Pizza Hut, based on Perth’s Scott Street, shut while police officers carried out a probe into a cannabis cultivation.

It is understood employees were alerted to a smell coming from the property and into the shop.

The restaurant chain confirmed it closed the shop while police investigated.

The Tele understands the store was closed for a day with workers reporting seeing officers on the street for about three hours.

Police Scotland confirmed today that three men have been arrested and charged in connection with a cannabis cultivation recovered at a flat in Scott Street.

A force spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that three men — aged 25, 26 and 27 — have been arrested and charged in connection with a cannabis cultivation that was discovered in a flat in Scott Street, Perth, on October 24.”

The spokesman added: “All three were released on an undertaking to appear at Perth Sheriff Court on a later date.”

A spokesman for Pizza Hut said today: “Last week, we temporarily closed our outlet in Perth while police carried out an investigation into a neighbouring property.”

One retail assistant, who works in the area, said she saw police outside the pizza shop for three hours.

Speaking to the Tele, the store worker, who did not want to be named, said: “I saw police cars and officers with white suits and cameras going in.

“The police are always around this street.

“However, it was strange seeing what looked like forensics.

“They were here for at least three hours.”

Another retail worker on Scott Street said: “I saw the police cars there around 2pm.

“They were there for around three hours.

“It is not shocking that there were police in the street, but for them to be there for so long was really strange.”