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Alert on sweets containing Cannabinoids

 Please see the attached message which we have been asked to forward to you by Public Health.

MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF PUBLIC HEALTH

We are urging people to be vigilant after a batch of sweets, containing THC, a cannabinoid found in cannabis, were recently intercepted by officers in Blackburn as well as Cumbria.

The confectionary items, disguised in 'Nerds Rope' packaging, contain the cannabis oil which could be 50 times stronger than a joint.

Lancashire Police officers recently intercepted the items at a post office in Blackburn, with officers in Cumbria finding a package due to be delivered in Windermere.

If you have any information about these sweets or have been offered them for sale, please come forward and call 101.

Blackburn and Darwen Police

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Officers are warning parents to be vigilant after a package containing suspected THC sweets were intercepted at a Post Office in Blackburn.

The package, containing the "Medicated Nerds Rope Bites” and destined for a property in Blackburn, was intercepted by Post Office staff yesterday.

The package has since been seized by police and while the items have not yet been tested it is suspected that they contain extremely strong doses of THC, which is found in cannabis. It is feared that the level of THC contained in the sweets could be up to 50 times more than in a joint.

 

Officers have spoken to a man from Blackburn in connection with the discovery of the parcel, but no arrests have been made at this moment in time.

Enquiries are ongoing.

PC Emma Lougheed, of the Blackburn Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “While there is no evidence at this stage to suggest these sweets are being sold in the wider community, we are asking parents to remain vigilant. These sweets will clearly look attractive to children and we want to take all precautions to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. There have been reports in the national press of youngsters being hospitalised after taking similar looking sweets and that is obviously a situation we want to avoid.

“If you have any information about this package or you or your child has been offered these sweets for sale, I would ask that you email BlackburnTC.NPT@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 0379 of October 13th, 2020.”



Date: 23 October 2020

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