A fifth man has been charged after the discovery of a multi-million pound cannabis shipment hidden in rabbit hay in Dartford.

Drugs with an estimated street value of up to £10.2 million were found hidden beneath packets of rabbit hay in a lorry stopped near the Dartford Crossing last May.

Fifty-seven-year-old Mark Owens was arrested in a pub in Hornchurch, Essex, on Thursday.

The resident of Beach Road in Clacton, Essex, was subsequently charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and appeared before Medway magistrates on Friday (January 26). He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, February 23.

Anthony Morris, 57, of Main Road in Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford; Andrew Badland, 37, of Porters Avenue in Dagenham, Essex; Kevin Howell, 55, of Benskins Lane in Romford, Essex; and Paul Seabrook, 51, of Kendal Croft in Hornchurch, Essex, were all charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis in August 2017.